Absentee Voting

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

  1. Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them (click here for additional information)
  2. Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  3. Overseas Citizens (click here for additional information)
  4. Persons who are physically disabled
  5. Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  6. Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
  7. Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  8. Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
  9. Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
  10. Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election
  11. Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
  12. Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  13. Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
  14. Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
  15. Persons sixty-five years of age or older
  16. Persons who for religious reasons do not want to vote on a Saturday (Presidential Primaries Only)
Absentee Deadlines:
  • Voters can begin applying as early as January 1 to vote absentee for any election held during that same year.
  • If applying by mail, the county voter registration office must receive your application no later than 5:00 p.m., four days prior to the election.  For Tuesday elections, this deadline falls on Friday.
  • You may vote absentee in person at your county voter registration office up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.
  • All mail-in absentee ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Absentee Rules:

  • Your completed absentee ballot must be placed in the “Ballots Herein” envelope provided with your absentee ballot. The “Ballots Herein” envelope will then be placed inside a “Return Envelope” which you must sign and have witnessed before returning.
  • Voters may request an absentee ballot in person, by phone (except authorized representatives), by mail, or by contacting your county voter registration office in the county in which you are registered. County Voter Registration Contact Information.
  • The voter, a member of the voter’s immediate family, or the voter’s authorized representative may request the absentee ballot application.  An authorized representative is a registered voter who, with a voter’s permission, can request an absentee ballot application on behalf of a voter who qualifies because of illness or disability. Candidates and paid campaign workers may not serve as authorized representatives.
  • Voters admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on the day of the election or within four days of the election can have an immediate family member apply and carry a ballot to the voter.
  • To have your absentee ballot returned by a person other than yourself, it is necessary for the absentee voter to compete an “Authorization to Return Absentee Ballot Form”. The absentee voter completes Part I, and the person returning the ballot completes Part II of the form. Candidates and paid campaign workers may not return absentee ballots unless they are an immediate family member of the voter.
  • Voters unable to write because of physical handicap or illiteracy, may receive help in applying for and marking their ballot. The voter must make his/her mark and have the mark witnessed by someone chosen by the voter.
  • For more information regarding voter registration and absentee voting, contact your County Voter Registration Office.

Special absentee voting provisions are available to Military and Overseas Citizens. Click here to visit the Military and Overseas Citizens page.

Check Your Vote

Check the status of your absentee ballot.