Voter ID for Absentee Ballots

absentee ballot mailing

Absentee voting or Vote-by-Mail means that voters submit ballots by mail or by dropping them off at a designated location. Each state sets their own rules and deadlines for absentee voting. 

It is a good idea to check with your state election authority for any updates regarding absentee ballot eligibility or deadlines. If you need any kind of assistance obtaining your ID to vote, please call or text our Voter ID Helpline: 844-338-8743.

Overseas and military voters should visit OverseasVoteFoundation.org for special absentee voting procedures. 

To vote absentee or by mail:

  • Check that you are registered to vote (except in North Dakota, which does not require voter registration).
  • See your state below for specific information on who is eligible to vote absentee and whether you need to provide ID with your absentee ballot request or with your absentee ballot.
  • Request an absentee ballot.
    • CO, HI, OR, WA, and UT send mail ballots to all voters by default.
  • Vote your ballot and seal it, carefully following any signature and witness instructions.
  • Return your ballot by mail or to a designated absentee ballot drop off location. 

COVID-19 Advisory: Advisory: Any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their voting place for the General Election due to the declared states of emergency shall be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application which reads: "I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]" You can get an absentee ballot application here.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

To be eligible, you must be a registered voter and unable to go to your regular polling place for one of the following reasons:

  • You will be absent from your registered county on Election Day
  • You are ill or physically unable to reach your assigned polling place
  • You are a caregiver for a family member who is confined to their home
  • You are an appointed election officer or poll watcher outside your assigned polling place
  • You work a required shift of at least 10 hours that conflicts with polling hours on Election Day
  • You are a registered Alabama voter living outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person
  • You are currently incarcerated in prison or jail and have not been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).
Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

Yes, you must apply with a copy of your valid photo identification.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot?

No, but an absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two witnesses.

Last update: July 24, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: COVID-19 Advisory: Alaska's lieutenant governor has been authorized by the state legislature to determine the manner in which the remaining 2020 elections will be conducted. He has announced that the elections will be held in a customary manner, in which voters have three methods of voting: in person on election day, by absentee ballot, and early voting in the 15 days before election day. Latex gloves and face masks will be provided for in-person voters and election workers. Safe social distancing will also be required. Registered Alaskan voters 65 and over will automatically receive absentee ballot applications.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Alaska voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No, but one of the following identifiers is required with your application:

  • Social Security Number
  • Alaska Driver's License Number
  • Alaska State ID Number

There is an option on the absentee voting application to check if you have none of these identifiers; however, you may receive a call or email, seeking further information. A copy of your ID is not necessary.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No,  but an absentee ballot cannot be counted unless it has the signature of one witness or an authorized official.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: The Arizona Secretary of State (SOS) has said that counties are planning to mail permanent absentee voting applications to all voters who have not already signed up. The SOS's office will mail to voters in counties that do not do so. Voters who sign up will receive absentee ballots for all elections in which they are eligible to vote.

The deadline to join Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) or request a one-time mail-in ballot for the August 4 primary is July 24 at 5pm. Per the SOS's office, "Your ballot-by-mail must be received by county election officials by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you are going to mail back your ballot-by-mail, we recommend you do so by the Wednesday before Election Day. For the August 4, 2020 Primary Election, we recommend putting your ballot in the mail by July 29, 2020. Otherwise, you should take your ballot to any ballot drop-off location or voting location in your county by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day." Find more information here.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to vote by mail?

Any qualified voter in Arizona can apply to receive an early or by-mail ballot, including registering as a "Permanent Early Voter."  No excuse is required.

  • Qualified includes: Individual is a U.S. Citizen who is 18 years or older and a resident of Arizona
  • Disqualifications: A convicted felon who does not have his/her civil rights restored; an individual deemed incompetent by the court

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Arkansas Secretary of State has issued a statement that Arkansas already has in place the means for registered voters to request an absentee ballot if they are assisting loved ones or fearful of contacting or passing along the coronavirus to others in the community. This appears to mean that voters should choose the excuse "You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on Election Day." You can request your absentee ballot through this site. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is the close of business seven days before the election, October 27, 2020. The ballot must be received by the clerk's office by 7:30 pm on election day.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

To be qualified to vote absentee, you must be ONE of the following:

  • "Unavoidably" absent from the polling site on Election Day
  • Physically unable or too ill to attend the polling place
  • A member of Uniformed Services or Merchant Marines (or Spouse/Dependent family member) and away due to active duty or service
  • Residing in a long-term care or residential facility licensed by the state
  • U.S. citizen whose permanent residence is in Arkansas but who is temporarily living outside the United States

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No.


Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

Yes, to verify your voter registration you must include a copy of ID with your voted absentee ballot that:

  • Shows the name of voter;
  • Shows photo of voter;
  • Is issued by US, State of AR, or accredited postsecondary educational institution in AR; AND
  • If displays expiration date, is not expired or expired no more than 4 years before date of election

Documents and identification cards that will be accepted as verification of voter registration include without limitation: A driver’s license; A photo identification card; A concealed hand- gun carry license; A United States passport; An employee badge or identification document issued by an accredited postsecond- ary education institution in the State of Arkansas; A United States military identification document; A public assistance identification card if the card shows a photograph of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued; A voter verification card as provided under Ark. Code § 7-5-324.

The following voters are not required to submit ID with their voted absentee ballot:

  • A member, and his or her spouse or dependent(s), of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine who is absent from the county on election day because of active duty or service; or
  • A resident of a long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state of Arkansas, who must provide documentation from the administrator of the facility attesting that the person is a resident of the facility.

Last update: July 30, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Absentee ballots will be mailed to all registered voters for the November general election. Voted ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received within three days of Election Day.

Who is eligible to vote by mail?

Any registered California voter may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot for an upcoming election at any time.

 

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 11, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to vote by mail?

Every registered Colorado voter receives a mail ballot at the address on their voter registration file.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No requests are needed as all Colorado voters receive a mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: On May 20, 2020, Governor Lamont issued an executive order extending absentee voting eligibility to any registered voter in the August 11, 2020, primary if there is no "federally approved and widely available vaccine for prevention of COVID-19" at the time he or she requests an absentee ballot. The state will send out absentee ballot applications to every registered voter in the state and pay the postage for their ballots. All absentee ballots must be received by 8:00pm on Primary Election Day, August 11, 2020.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

  • Voter is in active service in U.S. Armed Forces
  • Absence from town during all voting hours
  • Voter is ill
  • Religious tenets forbid secular activity on the day of the election, primary or referendum
  • Voter has duties as a primary, election or referendum official at a polling place other than their own during all voting hours
  • Voter has a physical disability

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No.

Last update: May 5, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Governor John Carney has signed House Bill 346, which allows Delawareans to vote by mail in the 2020 primary, general, and special elections. You can request an absentee ballot online here. Absentee ballot requests must be received no later than the close of business on Election Day.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.


Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

You must be a registered voter and unable to go to your regular polling place for one of the following reasons:

  • Work: The nature of your work prevents you from going to your polling place
  • School: Your enrollment in higher education prevents you from going to your polling place
  • Public Service: Your service to the U.S. or to the State of Delaware prevents you from going to your polling place (Spouses or dependents of the person in service also qualify)
  • Religion: The tenets or teaching of your religion prevent you from going to your polling place
  • Vacation: You are on vacation on Election Day
  • Illness: You are sick
  • Permanently or temporarily disabled
  • Incarcerated (Not for a felony)

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Absentee ballots will be mailed to all registered voters for the November general election. Instructions on how to vote and return your ballot will be included along with your ballot. Your voted and mailed ballot must be postmarked or otherwise demonstrated to have been sent on or before Election Day, and must arrive no later than the 7th day after Election Day.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

All registered voters can apply for an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No.

Last update: April 11, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: During the COVID-19 pandemic, certain rules regarding ID may be relaxed both for absentee voting and voting in person. To check what is required for you, contact your county Supervisor of Elections' office. Requests for vote-by mail ballot must be received by county Supervisors of Elections by 5 p.m on on August 8. Completed ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on August 18.

Who is eligible to vote by mail?

Any registered voter is permitted to vote-by-mail under Florida law. No excuse is required.

 

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your vote-by-mail ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Secretary of State Raffensperger has announced that all active voters will be mailed absentee ballot request forms for the primary. Any voter who hadn't cast a ballot previously can complete the ballot request and mail it (55 cent postage is required) or take a picture/scan email it to the county clerk's office. When voters receive their ballots, they will be able to vote for any races in which they did not previously cast a ballot (during early voting or absentee), and the ballot must be returned by mail or in person (no emailed ballots will be accepted). If there are any errors in the voter's ballot, the voter will have three business days from receiving notice to fix the errors. In-person voting will still take place

 

 

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Georgia voter can vote absentee. No excuse is required.

 

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Democratic party officials have cancelled in-person voting for the presidential primary. All registered Democrats will receive ballots in mid-July.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.


Who is eligible to vote by mail?

All registered Hawaii voters receive their ballot by mail before each election.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No, you do not need to submit a special absentee ballot request in Hawaii. All registered voters will receive a vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: May 5, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Idaho voter can vote absentee. No excuse is necessary.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Vote by mail applications will be mailed to all recent voters (defined as voters who applied to vote in 2018, 2019 or 2020) for the November general election. Other voters can request an absentee ballot here. https://elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/VotingByMailAgreement.aspx

Who is eligible to request and vote a Vote by Mail Ballot?

Any registered Illinois voter may apply for a Vote by Mail ballot. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your Vote by Mail ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: April 11, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

For subsequent elections, you must meet ONE of the following:

  • Voter has a specific, reasonable expectation you will be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6a-6p)
  • Voter has a disability
  • Voter is at least 65 years of age
  • Voter will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct
  • Voter is scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
  • Voter will be confined or will be caring for an individual confined due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
  • Voter is prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
  • Voter is a participant in the state's address confidentiality program
  • Voter is a member of the military or a public safety officer
  • Voter is a “serious sex offender” as defined in Indiana code 35-42-4-14(a)
  • Voter is unable to access polling location due to lack of transportation

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

 

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

 

 

Last update: May 5, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Iowa will send all registered voters absentee ballot applications for the general election. If you do not remember your Voter ID PIN and do not have another approved form of identification, you should contact your county auditor's office.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered voter in Iowa may request an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Rather, voters requesting an absentee ballot will be required to include their Driver’s license/Non-Operator ID number or their four-digit Voter PIN from their Voter Identification Card. Voters without an Iowa Driver’s License or Non-Operator ID number are mailed an Iowa Voter Identification Card at the time of registration.

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: All voters registered with the Democratic Party should receive ballots automatically by April 10. If a ballot has not been received by that date, the deadline to request an advance ballot is July 31 and the deadline to return it is August 3. You can get the request form here.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an advance ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Kansas voter can vote by mail. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your advance mail ballot request?

Yes, you must submit a copy of a photo ID, such as:

  • Driver’s license or non-driver’s ID issued by any state;
  • Kansas or any state concealed handgun license;
  • US Passport;
  • Government employee ID or badge;
  • U.S. military ID;
  • Student ID from any Kansas accredited educational institution;
  • Government-issued public assistance ID card;
  • ID card issued by an Indian tribe

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 11, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request a mail-in absentee ballot and vote by mail?

To be qualified to vote by mail-in absentee ballot, you must be:

  • Unable to appear at the polls on election day because of age, illness or disability and not have been declared mentally disabled by a court
  • Military personnel, a dependent, or overseas citizen
  • Temporarily residing out of state but still eligible to vote in Kentucky
  • A student who temporarily resides outside the county
  • Incarcerated but not yet convicted of a crime
  • Prevented from voting in person at the polls on Election Day and from casting an in-person absentee ballot in the county clerk's office on all days in-person absentee voting is conducted because of your employment location
  • Changing or have changed your place of residence to a different state where the books are closed in the new state before Presidential/VP election, in which case you may cast a mail-in absentee ballot for these offices only
  • A participant in Secretary of State’s crime victim address confidentiality protection program

The voter’s completed application must be received not later than the close of business hours seven (7) days before the election.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Who is eligible to request an in-person absentee ballot?

If you want to vote in person before election day, you must apply in person at the county clerk’s office or other designated location, and provide ID. To be qualified to vote by in-person absentee ballot, you must be:

  • Absent from the county of your residence on any election day
  • Have surgery, or whose spouse has surgery, scheduled that will require hospitalization on election day
  • Temporarily residing out of state but still eligible to vote in Kentucky and will be absent from the county on election day
  • A resident of Kentucky and a uniformed-service member confined to a military base
  • In your last trimester of pregnancy at the time you wish to vote
  • Not having been declared mentally disabled by a court and on account of age, illness or disability not able to appear at the polls on election day
  • A student who temporarily resides outside the county
  • Not permitted to vote by a mail-in ballot, but will be absent from your county on election day
  • Any member of the county board of elections, precinct election officer appointed to serve in a precinct other than that in which you are registered, or a member of staff for the county board of elections

Do you need to provide ID to vote in-person absentee?

Yes, learn what types of ID are accepted.

Do you need to submit ID with your mail ballot application?

Yes, learn what types of ID are accepted.

Do you need to submit ID with your mail ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your signature on file.

Last update: April 27, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: An emergency election plan was approved that allows certain Louisiana voters who meet one of five COVID-19 related excuses, drawn from CDC guidelines or federal legislation, to vote absentee: (1) those at higher risk for COVID-19 due to CDC-identified underlying health issues; (2) those subject to medically necessary quarantines or isolation orders; (3) those advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine; (4) those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking diagnosis; (5) those caring for certain individuals. These absentee voters must obtain a witness signature on the absentee ballot envelope flap. First-time voters who registered by mail or electronically are permitted to vote absentee for the July and August elections only if they are voting absentee due to one of the five COVID-19 reasons.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

To be qualified to vote absentee, you must be:

  • A student, professor or instructor in higher education, or the spouse/dependent residing with them
  • A member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration, or a spouse/dependent
  • Temporarily absent or expecting to be temporarily absent*
  • Moved more than 100 miles from your Parish after the voter registration books closed
  • In involuntary confinement for mental treatment outside your parish of registration
  • Expecting to be hospitalized on election day
  • Offshore or expecting to be offshore* 
  • Incarcerated or expecting to be incarcerated for a non-felony conviction 
  • Part of Address Confidentiality Program
  • A sequestered juror with jury sequestered*
  • At least 65 years of age
  • Has a physical disability/is homebound/in a nursing or veteran's home or hospital* 

* during the early voting period and on election day

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

  • Voters who are disabled/homebound/in a nursing or veteran's home, see Disability Application for Absentee by Mail Ballot for potential ID requirements.
  • If you are a student who is a first-time voter, you must enclose a copy of your student ID or fee bill.
  • If you expect to be hospitalized, you must enclose proof of hospitalization.
  • If you are incarcerated, you must enclose a certification by sheriff.
  • If you are a juror who expects to be sequestered during the early voting period and on election day, you must enclose a certified copy of court order.

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Maine voter may request an absentee ballot.  No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 11, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Maryland voter may request an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: June 3, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: A Vote by Mail application will be mailed to every person who was registered to vote by July 1 and who had not already requested an absentee ballot for the State Primary or for all elections this year. A second mailing will be sent out in September to all voters who have not already applied for a Vote by Mail ballot for the November election.

The applications are pre-addressed to your local election official and no postage is necessary. Vote by Mail applications must be delivered to your local election office no later than 4 business days before the election. For a State Primary ballot, your application must reach your local election office no later than August 26. For a State Election ballot, your application must reach your local election office no later than October 28. If you wish to vote by mail, you are strongly encouraged to return your application as early as possible, to make sure that you will receive your ballot in time to return it and have it be counted. Vote by Mail applications are available for download and may also be requested by contacting the Elections Division.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

For subsequent elections, a Massachusetts voter is eligible for absentee ballot if they are prevented from voting at their polling place on Election Day due to:

  • Being absent from their city or town on Election Day;
  • A physical disability;
  • Their religious beliefs

Early voting by mail is similar to absentee voting, but unlike absentee voting, no excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

 

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Michigan has mailed absentee ballot applications to all registered voters for the August primary, and will also do so for the November general election. All new registrants will also receive absentee ballots applications.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absent voter ballot and vote by mail?

Any eligible and registered Michigan voter may apply for an absent voter ballot. No excuse is required. You can request an absent voter ballot at the same time you register.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absent voter ballot request?

No, but your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file

Last update: June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: There will be no witness or notary requirement for mail-in ballots for the August primary, unless you are an unregistered voter. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than August 11 and received within two days thereafter. You can get a copy of a mail-in ballot application here.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any Minnesota voter may apply to vote an absentee ballot by mail. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

The absentee ballot application requests that you provide a MN issued driver’s license number or MN ID card number and social security number (last four digits).  If you do not have these identifiers, there is a box to check.  However, if you have an ID number but refuse to give it, your absentee ballot may be rejected and you will be unable to check the status of your absentee ballot online.

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file. Your absentee ballot cannot be counted unless it is notarized or has the signature of a witness who is a registered Minnesota voter.

Last update: June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

To be qualified to vote absentee, you must be:

  • Member of the Armed Forces, or spouse or dependent of such member
  • Member of the Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross, or spouse or dependent of such member
  • Disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital, or spouse or dependent of such veteran
  • Civilian attached to any branch of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marine, or American Red Cross and serving outside the United States, or spouse or dependent of such civilian
  • Temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia
  • Student, teacher, or administrator whose employment or studies necessitate his/her absence from county of voting residence, or spouse or dependent who maintains a common domicile outside the county of voting residence with such student, teacher, or administrator
  • Outside county of residence on Election Day
  • Temporarily or permanently physically disabled
  • Sixty-five (65) years of age or older
  • Parent, spouse, or dependent of a person having a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside his/her county of residence or more than fifty (50) miles away from his/her residence if the parent, spouse, or dependent will be with such person on Election Day
  • Member of the Mississippi Congressional delegation, or spouse or dependent of such member
  • Required to be at work on Election Day during the times at which the polls will be open

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: The rules for voting absentee or by mail in Missouri during the coronavirus pandemic are complex and vary depending on the excuse that the voter uses. Use this helpful link to find the information you need to cast your ballot for the August 4 primary.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

To be qualified to vote absentee, you must be:

  • Absent from your voting jurisdiction on Election Day
  • Incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or have primary responsibility of caring for an incapacitated or confined person
  • Restricted by religious belief or practice
  • Employed by an election authority at a location other than such voter's polling place
  • Incarcerated but have retained all voting qualifications
  • A certified participant in address confidentiality program because of safety concerns

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

Voters requesting an absentee ballot by mail who have registered by mail and have not voted in person are required to submit a copy of their personal identification unless they provided a copy with their registration application. Examples of acceptable identification are:

  • ID issued by state of Missouri, agency of the state, or local election authority of the state;
  • ID issued by U.S. government or agency thereof;
  • ID issued by institution of higher education within state of Missouri;
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, pay check, or gov’t document including check with name and address of voter;
  • ID approved by the Secretary of State of Missouri.

 

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file and in some cases, you are required to have your ballot notarized.

Last update: June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory:  Montana conducted its June 2 primary entirely by mail, but no determination has yet been made by the Governor regarding the general election. We will update this page with any developments. A court injunction has been issued which stops the law which would have limited the number of absentee ballots that a person or group can drop off. A further hearing is expected in September.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Montana voter can request an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered voter may request an early-voting (absentee) ballot, and is not required to provide a reason.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered voter may request an "absent ballot" and vote by mail. No excuse is necessary.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No absentee ballot requests are required for the June 2020 primary election, as all active, registered voters will be sent a ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Governor Sununu has announced that the State will allow voters to cast mail-in ballots in the September 8 primary and November 3 general election if the coronavirus is still a factor this fall and the voters feel more comfortable voting absentee because of the outbreak. Voters will need to sign a disability affidavit to that effect. You can get a copy of the mail-in ballot application here. The mail-in ballot must be received by 5:00 on Election Day.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Must meet one of the following:

  • Voter will be absent on the day of any state election from the county, city, or town in which voter is registered to vote
  • Voter has a religious commitment on Election Day
  • Voter has a physical disability
  • Voter is in the military
  • Employment obligation (including the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation) does not allow voter to go to the polls
  • Voter is in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close
  • Voter is an emergency worker called into service

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request a mail-in ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered New Jersey voter may apply for a mail-in ballot and vote by mail. No excuse is necessary.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your mail-in ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered New Mexico voter may apply for an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: May 18, 2020

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

In addition to the potential to contract COVID-19, a voter may request an absentee ballot application for the following reasons:

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said city, on Election Day.
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability#; or because you are the primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or has a physical disability.
  • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

# “Temporary Illness or Physical Disability” may include due to the potential of contracting COVID-19.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

 

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Governor Cooper has signed into law legislation which will require voters casting absentee ballots to have only one witness sign their ballot envelope (two witnesses or a notary were required previously).

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered North Carolina voter can vote absentee. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. However, you must provide your North Carolina driver license or non-operator identification card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your ballot must match other signatures on file. An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two non-prohibited witnesses.

Last update:  June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee/mail ballot and vote by mail?

Any North Dakota voter can vote absentee/by mail. No excuse is required.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee/mail ballot request?

To obtain an absentee/mail ballot, an application must include:

  • The identification number from one of the applicant's valid forms of identification:
    • A North Dakota DOT-issued driver’s license
    • A North Dakota DOT-issued nondriver’s identification card
    • An official form of identification issued by a tribal government to a tribal member residing in ND
  • If the identification document being relied upon does not include the voter’s legal name, current address in ND, and date of birth, the individual can supplement any missing or outdated voter information with:
    • Current utility bill
    • Current bank statement
    • Document or check issued by a federal, state or local government
    • Paycheck

OR

  • For a uniformed service member or immediate family member temporarily stationed away from the individual's residence in ND, or a resident of ND temporarily living outside the country: A current military identification card or passport.
  • For an individual living in a long-term care facility: A long-term care certificate prescribed by the secretary of state and issued by a long-term care facility in ND.
  • For a voter living with a disability that prevents the individual from traveling away from their home: The signature on an absentee/mail ballot application from another qualified ND elector who, by signing, certifies the applicant is a qualified elector in that precinct.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Ohio voter can vote absentee. No excuse is necessary.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

Voters must provide a Driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of Social Security Number.

If a voter CANNOT provide a driver’s license number or SSN, then they must provide a copy of one of the following:

  • Any current and valid photo ID with voter’s name
  • Military ID with voter’s name
  • Utility bill with voter’s name and Ohio address *
  • Bank statement with voter’s name and Ohio address *
  • Paycheck with voter’s name and Ohio address *
  • Government documents including check, other than voter registration notification, with voter’s name and current address *

* within the last 12 months

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Regarding the August 25 runoff election: For standard absentee ballot affidavits (yellow stripe), the affidavit may be notarized OR the voter may submit a copy of a valid ID. For “physically incapacitated” absentee ballot affidavits (pink stripe) or caretaker absentee ballot affidavits (pink stripe), the affidavit may be witnessed by two people OR the voter may submit a copy of a valid ID. Find more information including what IDs are acceptable. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is August 18, 2020. The ballot must be received by the Board of Elections no later than 7:00 pm on Election Day to be counted.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Oklahoma voter can vote absentee. No excuse is necessary.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but you must sign an absentee ballot affidavit, which must be notarized.

Physically incapacitated voters and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left alone are not required to have their signatures on the absentee affidavits notarized. They are required to have their signatures witnessed by two people.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

All Oregon elections are held by mail-in ballot. Voters may apply for an absentee ballot if they need their ballot mailed someplace other than their usual address.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No, you do not need to submit a special absentee ballot request in Oregon. All registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 12, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: For the November 3 general election, voters have the option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to their polling place on Election Day. Absentee and mail-in ballot applications will be accepted through Tuesday, October 27, 2020. If the voter cannot return the absentee ballot on time, they can vote a regular ballot in-person at their polling place if they bring in their absentee or mail-in ballot to the polling place and sign an affidavit spoiling the ballot.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible for Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Voting?

Pennsylvania has two types of vote by mail options for registered voters. 

  • Absentee ballot – If the voter will be out of the municipality on election day or has a physical disability or illness, this ballot type should be requested. The voter must list the reason for the ballot request and sign a declaration that they are entitled to do so, including the attending physician’s information if based on illness or physical disability.
  • Mail-in ballot – If the voter does not qualify as an absentee voter, the voter may apply for a mail-in ballot and must sign a declaration that they are entitled to do so. The voter may simply request this ballot without listing a reason.

To receive an absentee ballot, the voter must meet one of the following:

  • A person with an illness or physical disability  who is unable to go to the polling place or to operate a voting machine and obtain assistance by distinct and audible statements (Note: A voter with a disability may have permanent absentee voter status.) 
  • A person who will not go to a polling place on election day because of the  observance of a religious holiday
  • A person who is or may be in the military service of the U.S., regardless of whether at the time of voting the person is present in the election district of residence or in the Commonwealth and regardless of whether they are registered to vote *
  • A member of the Merchant Marine who expects to be absent on Election Day from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting *
  • A member of a religious or welfare group attached to and serving with the armed forces, who expects on Election Day to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting *
  • An individual who, because of the elector's duties, occupation or business (including leaves of absence for teaching, vacations and sabbatical leaves), expects on Election Day to be absent from their municipality of residence during the entire period the polls are open for voting *
  • A county employee  who expects that their election day duties relating to the conduct of the election will prevent them from voting

* including their spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying them

If the voter does not qualify for an absentee ballot, the voter may apply for a mail-in ballot - no excuse is required. You must be registered to vote in order to vote by mail-in ballot.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot or mail-in ballot request?

Yes, both absentee ballot and mail-in ballot requests require one of the following:

  • Pennsylvania Driver’s License or PennDOT photo ID number
  • Otherwise, last 4 digits of Social Security number

If the voter has neither of the above, check the box titled “I do not have a PA driver’s license or a PennDOT ID card or a Social Security number” in the Identification section. If this option is selected, the voter must enclose a photocopy of an acceptable photo ID that shows a NAME, a PHOTO, and an EXPIRATION DATE that is CURRENT, unless noted otherwise, such as Photo IDs issued by the U.S. Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, such as:

  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Military ID (active duty and retired military ID may designate an expiration date that is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain a current expiration date.
  • Employee photo identification issued by Federal, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania County, or Pennsylvania Municipal government.
  • Photo identification issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning.
  • Photo identification issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences and personal care homes

Some voters are exempt from these requirements, including:

  • UOCAVA Voters
  • Voters with a disability
  • Voters over 65 years old and affected by the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Due to the pandemic and implementing social distancing practices, the primaries and general election will be predominantly mail ballot elections. All registered voters will receive a mail ballot application. No witnesses will be required for absentee ballots in 2020. For voters who cannot vote by mail and need to vote in person, review the steps on the Secretary of State's website and check before going to vote at a polling place. There will be fewer polling places open and vote by mail is strongly encouraged.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request a mail ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Rhode Island voter can vote a mail ballot. No excuse is necessary.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

You may request and vote an absentee ballot if you are a:

  • Member of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine, or are serving with the American Red Cross or USO and are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces, and who are serving *#
  • Person who has a physical disability Student attending school *#
  • Government employee *#
  • Person who will be on vacation *
  • Person attending someone who is sick or who has a physical disability
  • Person who for religious reasons does not want to vote on a Saturday (Presidential Primaries Only)

* outside their county of residence
# and their spouses and dependents residing with them

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

 

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature. An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless your signature is witnessed.

Last update: May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: The South Dakota Secretary of State's office will mail absentee ballot applications to all South Dakotans registered in the statewide voter registration file, with the exception of voters who have already applied for the 2020 election cycle or voters in counties sending applications on their own. Voters who do not receive a requested ballot can download the form at www.sdsos.gov or call their county auditor.

The deadline for voter registration for the August 11 Run-Off election is July 27 at 5 pm. August 10 is the last day to request an absentee ballot by 5 pm local time. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. No applications for absentee ballots, using an authorized messenger, may be honored by the county auditor after 3:00 p.m. on election day (and authorized messengers are only allowed for voters who are confined due to illness). Absentee ballots have to be returned to the county auditor in time for them to be delivered to the correct polling location by the time the polls close.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

 

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered South Dakota voter can vote absentee. No excuse is necessary.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No ID required if an absentee voter application can be notarized.

If it CANNOT be notarized, then ID is required. Choose from one of the following:

  • A South Dakota driver’s license
  • A South Dakota non-driver identification card
  • A passport or other picture ID issued by the U.S. government
  • A tribal photo ID
  • Current student photo ID issued by a South Dakota high school or postsecondary education institution

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: June 3, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Based on a court order, if you are a registered voter and do not wish to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation, you are eligible to request an absentee ballot. To vote by mail you must meet one of the reasons listed below and submit a request by mail, fax, or email to your county election commission no later than the 7th day before the election. More information including the absentee ballot request form is available on the Tennessee Secretary of State’s websiteClick here to find contact information for your election commission.

Note: If you have never voted before and you registered to vote by mail, then you must vote IN-PERSON the first time you vote.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

First time Tennessee voters who registered by mail CANNOT vote absentee.

Other Tennessee voters must meet one of the following excuses to vote absentee:

  • The voter will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day
  • The voter or the voter’s spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration
  • The voter is medically unable; voter’s physician must provide a statement to the County Election Commission
  • The voter resides in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter's county of residence
  • The voter will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court
  • The voter is sixty years of age or older
  • The voter has a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place
  • The voter is hospitalized, ill or has a physical disability and is unable to appear at their polling place to vote; and/or the voter has determined it is impossible or unreasonable to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • The voter is the caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or has a disability, and/or the voter has determined it is impossible or unreasonable to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • The voter is a candidate for office in the election
  • The voter serves as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the election commission
  • The voter’s observance of a religious holiday prevents them from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day
  • The voter or the voter’s spouse possesses a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or the voter possesses a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and certifies that the voter will be working outside the state or county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day
  • The voter is a member of the military or is an overseas citizen

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No, but voters must provide their Social Security Number on the application.

First-time votes may need to submit ID – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: July 12, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote early by mail?

Any registered Texas voter is eligible to vote absentee if one of the following applies:

  • Voter will be away from their county on Election Day and during early voting hours
  • Voter is sick or has a disability
  • Voter is 65 years of age or older on Election Day
  • Voter is confined in jail, but eligible to vote

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No additional identification is required if you have voted by mail in Texas before. Otherwise, you must submit a photocopy of an acceptable form of photo ID, or supporting form of ID if you complete a "Reasonable Impediment Declaration."

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

ALL registered Utah voters receive their ballot by mail before each election.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No, you do not need to submit a special absentee ballot request in Utah. All registered voters will receive a vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: July 1, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: A law just signed by the Governor will allow the Secretary of State to send all registered Vermont voters ballots in the mail for the November general election. Voters can return them by mail, take them to their local town or city clerk or bring the ballot to their polling place on Election Day.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any Vermont voter can request an early voter absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Virginia voter can vote absentee, no excuse is required. However, if you mailed in your voter registration application and this is your first time voting in your city/county, you have to vote in person unless you have a qualifying exemption*. In any event, if you vote by mail, your votes for U.S. President, U.S. Senate, or U.S. House of Representatives will be counted.

* Exemptions:
• I am a student attending college/university outside of my city/county of residence in Virginia.
• I have a disability or illness that prevents me from voting in person.
• I am pregnant.
• I am confined either awaiting trial or convicted of a misdemeanor.
• I am active duty merchant marine or in the armed forces, or a spouse or dependent of an active duty member.
• I am temporarily residing outside of the U.S. for a non-employment related reason. (Voter Registration Office: review VA Code § 24.2-453)
• I am temporarily residing outside of the U.S. for employment or a spouse or dependent living with a person temporarily residing outside of the U.S. for employment.
• I have moved to another state less than 30 days before a presidential election and am requesting a ballot for the presidential and vice-presidential electors only (ballots for other offices/issues will not be sent).
• I am 65 years of age or older.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No.

Last update: May 5, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to vote by mail?

ALL registered Washington voters receive their ballot by mail before each election.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your vote by mail request?

No, you do not need to submit a special vote by mail ballot request in Washington. All registered voters will receive a vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

In the general election, you may vote by absentee ballot by mail in West Virginia if:

  • you will be absent from the county during both the early voting period and Election Day because of personal or business travel or attendance at a college, university or other place of education or training;
  • your employment makes voting in person impossible because of the hours worked and distance from the county seat;
  • you are confined to a specific location and prevented from voting in person due to an illness, injury, other medical reason, physical disability, or advanced age;
  • you are incarcerated or detained in jail or a home on Election Day, but not under conviction of any felony, of treason, or of bribery (including any period of probation or parole);
  • you are a participant in the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) with the Office of the Secretary of State;
  • the county absentee voting office and your polling place are inaccessible to you due to your physical disability;
  • you are temporarily residing outside of the county (voter must receive ballot at an address outside of the county.);
  • you are serving as an elected or appointed state or federal official (voter must receive ballot at an address outside of the county.)

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: May 5, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: All registered voters who have not already requested an absentee ballot will receive absentee ballot applications for the upcoming elections. Voters who have moved and not updated their address should do so here and can request an absentee ballot online. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is the Thursday before the election. Voted ballots must be delivered no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Wisconsin voter can vote absentee. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

If you have not previously provided a copy of your acceptable photo ID (see below) with a prior absentee ballot application, a copy of your photo ID must accompany your first absentee ballot request.

Indefinitely confined voters, confidential voters, and military and permanent overseas voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their absentee ballot request.

Acceptable photo ID 

  • WI driver’s license*
  • WI state ID card*
  • US military ID card*
  • US Passport*
  • Veterans Affairs Card – Unexpired or no expiration date
  • WI tribal ID card – Can be current or expired
  • Certificate of Naturalization – Issued within 2 years of voting
  • WI-Accredited College ID with signature - Expires within 2 years of issuance date; otherwise, also show proof of enrollment
  • DMV receipt: ID Petition Process
        *OK if expired after Nov. 6, 2018

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but one adult witness must sign the absentee certificate envelope and provide their address.

Last update: May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Secretary of State Buchanan has mailed absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters in Wyoming. These forms may be used for the August 18 primary, the November 3 general election, or both. Voted ballots must be received in the county clerk's office no later than 7:00 pm on Election Day.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No.

Last update: June 17, 2020

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