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Did you move this year? Do you plan to vote in the November election? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you need to complete your voter registration change-of-address.  Voter registration is handled at the state level, not the federal level. That means if you moved to a new state, you need to change your voting address before the election to vote. You probably need to change voter registration information even if you moved to a different county or just across the street.

Because many voters plan to use mail-in voting in the November 2020 election, it’s imperative for you to file a change-of-address as soon as possible. Once you do, you will need to request an absentee ballot – the sooner the better.

The United States Postal Service is recommending that state or local election officials use First-Class Mail and allow at least one week for delivery of absentee ballots to voters. Likewise, the USPS® recommends voters mail their return ballots via First-Class Mail at least one week prior to the due date established by state law to ensure the ballots are received in time to be counted. If  you’re having issues finding a mailbox, you can place your absentee ballot in your personal mailbox with the outgoing mail, or even schedule a pickup online.

Check with your local post office to find out how much postage is required to mail your absentee voting 2020 ballot, which may vary from state to state. In some localities, you may also be able to hand-deliver your ballot to the appropriate county office. Check with your county’s government website, or check out your state below. Be aware that some states require a witness signature on your absentee ballot in order for your vote to be counted.

How do you change your voter registration address when you move?

Most states require you to re-register to vote any time you change your address.  Your voter registration change-of-address is not automatic. So if you move to a new county or state, then you must re-register to vote with your new local election office. You may also have to re-register if you move within the same county, although some states, like Texas, have a separate process you can use for updating your address for intra-county moves.

Why is it important to update your address on your voter registration when you move?

Cities and counties are divided into precincts, also commonly called voting districts or election districts. Your address determines which precinct or voting district you are assigned to. Each precinct has a designated polling place, where voters from that precinct are registered to vote. If your new home is in a different precinct and you don’t complete your voter registration change of address, then you might not be able to cast a ballot on Election Day, even through mail-in voting

How to update your voter registration, state by state:

Alabama

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Alabama driver’s license or ID, you can re-register online.
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form at your county board of registrars or at the DMV.

Deadline: 15 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, your absentee ballot application must be received by your county Absentee Election Manager no later than the fifth day prior to the election. However, to accommodate mail delivery time, you should send in your ballot application early enough to allow at least one week to receive your absentee ballot.

Absentee ballot deadline:

If you send in your absentee ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by your county Absentee Election Manager by 12 p.m. on Election Day. With recent delays causing concern, the USPS recommends sending your ballot in via First Class Mail. If you’re extra concerned, consider mailing your ballot in two weeks early, or hand-delivering it to a ballot drop-off location you can find by conducting a local Google query. All hand-delivered ballots must be dropped at the Absentee Election Manager’s office by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.

Alaska

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Alaska driver’s license or ID, you can re-register online.
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form at a local Divisions of Elections office or a voter registration agency in your area.
  • Update registration: You can also update your existing registration with a new address online.

Deadline: 30 days before Election Day

If registering by mail and the 30th day falls on a Sunday, your registration must be postmarked 31 days before election day.

How to vote by mail:

You can request an absentee ballot for mail-in voting at any time during the year by submitting an application to the Absentee Office. Your absentee ballot application must be received at least 10 days before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline:

When returning your absentee ballot by mail to the Absentee Office, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day.

Arizona

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Arizona driver’s license or ID, you can re-register online.
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form at your county recorder’s office.
  • Update registration: You can also update your existing registration with a new address online.

Deadline:  29 days before Election Day, or on the next immediate business day if the deadline falls on a legal holiday or weekend.

How to vote by mail:

Arizona offers residents two ways to receive absentee ballots for mail-in voting. They can sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) to always receive absentee ballots, or they can make a one-time ballot-by-mail request. For either option, you must request an absentee ballot  at least 11 days before Election Day to receive a ballot.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Because your absentee ballot must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, the Arizona secretary of state office recommends mailing your ballot by the Wednesday before Election Day.

Arkansas

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: N/A
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form to your local county clerk, or local revenue or DMV office. You can also obtain an application from a public library, disability office, or military recruitment center.
  • Update registration: If you move within the same county, you must update your address by contacting the county clerk no less than four days before election day.

Deadline: 30 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail:

To vote by mail in Arkansas, you can contact your county clerk where you are registered to vote and request an absentee ballot application be sent to you, or you can download the application and return it to the county clerk. Your application must be received no later than seven days before the election.

Absentee ballot deadline:

Your completed absentee ballot must be received at the county clerk’s office by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

California

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid California driver’s license or ID, you can re-register online.
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form at your local Department Motor Vehicles office.
  • Update registration: Your existing registration should automatically be updated if you have changed your address with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS®) or at the Department of Motor Vehicles. You can also update your address by sending a letter to your new county election official with your date of birth and new address.

Deadline: 15 days before Election Day. You can also conditionally register to vote in-person through Election Day.

How to vote by mail: 

For absentee voting 2020, all registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the Nov. 3, 2020, election, per executive order.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

All mail-in voting ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than 17 days after Election Day.

Colorado

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Colorado driver’s license or ID, you can re-register online.
  • In-person: Register to vote in-person at the Department of Motor Vehicles, public assistance offices, military recruitment offices, various government agencies, or at a voter service and polling center.
  • Update registration: If you are already registered you can update your address online.

Deadline: 8 days before Election Day if registering by mail or online. You can register to vote in person through Election Day.

How to vote by mail: 

In Colorado, every voter receives a mail ballot to vote by mail.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Absentee ballots must be returned to the county clerk and recorder no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. You must mail it with enough time to be received – not postmarked – by the county clerk by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted.

Connecticut

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Connecticut driver’s license or ID, you can re-register online.
  • In-person: Register to vote in-person at your local Registrar of Voters before the deadline. If you miss the deadline you can register in person at your local election office.
  • Update registration: If you are already registered you can update your address online, or in-person on Election Day.

Deadline: 7 days before election day. You can also register in-person on Election Day at your local election office.

How to vote by mail:

To vote by mail, you can download and complete an Application for Absentee Ballot from the Connecticut secretary of the state office. If you request an absentee ballot within six days of an election, you must complete and return the Emergency Application for Absentee Ballot.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

You must return your absentee ballot to the town clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Delaware

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Delaware driver’s license or ID, you can re-register online.
  • In-person: You can submit a completed voter registration form to any state Department of Elections office.

Deadline: 24 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

You can vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot or by completing an “Affidavit for Absentee Ballot” either online or by downloading, completing and returning the form to the Department of Elections for your county.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Absentee ballots must be received by the Department of Elections in your county by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Florida

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Florida driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote or update your address online.
  • In-person: You can register to vote when accessing services at a Florida driver’s license office, tax collectors office, or voter registration agency.

Deadline:  29 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

In Florida, you can vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot from your county Supervisor of Elections by email, fax, mail, telephone or in person. You also can fill out and submit an online application at your county Supervisor of Elections website. Your request for a ballot to be mailed to you is by 5 p.m. on the 10th day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Absentee ballots are due no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Georgia

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Georgia driver’s license or ID, you can register online. If you are already registered you can also update your address.
  • In-person: Get a voter registration form at your county board of registrars or at the DMV.

Deadline: 29 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail:

Registered voters who want to vote by mail in Georgia can request an absentee ballot up to 180 days before Election Day and 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day. They should complete a Georgia Application for Official Absentee Ballot, which can be downloaded from the secretary of state website, and returned to their county Board of Registrar’s office by mail, fax, email or in person.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Absentee ballots must arrive at your county election office by Election Day.

Hawaii

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Hawaii driver’s license or ID, you can register online or update your existing registration with your new address.
  • In-person: Submit a voter registration form
  • at the office of elections or your local clerk’s office.

Deadline: 30 days before Election Day, or in person at polling locations during early voting or on Election Day

How to vote by mail:

To vote by mail, all registered voters will automatically receive a mail-in voting packet with ballot approximately 18 days before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Absentee ballots must be received by the Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Idaho

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Idaho driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your existing registration with your new address.
  • In-person: You can submit a completed voter registration form at your county recorder’s office.

Deadline: 25 days before Election Day, or in-person at a voting location during Early Voting or on Election Day.

How to vote by mail:

Idaho registered voters who want to vote by mail can request an absentee ballot from their local clerk’s office or fill out and submit an Absentee Request Form on the Administration and Elections Office. Your request must be received by the 11th day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

By 5 p.m. on Election Day.

Illinois

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Illinois driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your existing registration with your new address.
  • In-person: Submit in your completed voter registration form at your county board of elections commissioner’s office or county clerk’s office.

Deadline: 28 days before Election Day by mail (postmarked) or 16 days before Election Day online. If you miss the deadline you can register and vote through Election Day at your local election office.

How to vote by mail: 

You must request a vote-by-mail ballot from your local Election Authority by Oct. 29, 2020. You can download the Illinois Application for Vote by Mail Ballot online.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Mail-in voting ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day, and must be received within 14 days of the election.

Indiana

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Indiana driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your existing registration with your new address.
  • In-person: Submit your voter registration form to your county’s voter registration office or the Indiana Election Division.

Deadline: 29 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail:

You must request a vote-by-mail ballot by completing and submitting an ABS-Mail application no later than 11:59 p.m. on the 12th before Election Day. You can download and print the application on the Indiana Voter Portal website, or you can pick up an application in person at your local election office.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Must be received by 12 p.m. on Election Day.

Iowa

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Iowa driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your existing registration with your new address.
  • In-person: Submit a completed voter registration form at your county auditor’s office. If you moved within the same county you can update your registration address on Election Day at the polling place where you live now.

Deadline: 10 days before Election Day. Mailed registrations must either be received 10 days before Election Day or postmarked 15 days before.

How to vote by mail:

You can request an absentee ballot to vote by mail by downloading, completing and returning an absentee ballot request form to your county auditor. It must be received by 5 p.m. on the 10th day before Election Day for general elections and 11 days before any other election.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Must be received by the time polls close on Election Day.

Kansas

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Kansas driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or re-register with your new address.
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form at your county election office.

Deadline: 21 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail:

To vote by mail, you must request an absentee ballot by submitting a completed application to your county election official by Oct. 27.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than close of business on the Friday after the election.

Kentucky

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Kentucky driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or re-register with your new address.
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form at your county clerk’s office.

Deadline:  28 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail:

To vote by mail, you must complete a request for an absentee ballot no later than seven days before Election Day and return it to your local election office.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Absentee ballots must be returned by 6 p.m. on Election Day.

Louisiana

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Louisiana driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or re-register with your new address.
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form at any registrar of voters office.

Deadline: 30 days before Election Day, or 20 days before if registering online.

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, log in to the Louisiana Voter Portal to request an absentee ballot or print an application and return it to your parish registrar of voters by 4:30 p.m. on the fourth day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day.

Maine

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: N/A
  • In-person: You can register to vote at your local town office or city hall, or through any Motor Vehicle branch office.

Deadline: Registrations by mail must be received 21 business days before Election Day. You can register in person at your local town office or city hall up through Election Day.

How to vote by mail: 

You can vote by mail by completing an absentee ballot request online with the secretary of state, or you can call or write your local municipal clerk to ask for an absentee ballot. Your request must be received at least three business days before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

8 p.m. on Election Day

Maryland

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Maryland driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or re-register with your new address.
  • In-person: You can turn in your completed voter registration form at your local board of elections.

Deadline: 21 days before Election Day. You can also register to vote on Election Day at your local voting location.

How to vote by mail: 

You can request a mail-in voting ballot by completing a form online with the Maryland Board of Elections; download, complete, print and return a mail-in ballot application to your local board of elections or pick up a request form at your local board of elections. It must be received by Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Hand-delivered absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by 10 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2020.

Massachusetts

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or re-register with your new address.
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form at any local election office or to the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office. You may also register to vote at any Registry of Motor Vehicles office.

Deadline: 20 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, you must complete and return an application for an absentee ballot at least four business days before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 6.

Michigan

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Michigan driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form at your local clerk’s office.

Deadline: 15 days before Election Day. You can also register to vote in-person at voting locations during Early Voting or on Election Day.

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, you can request an absentee ballot in writing by completing an online application or sending the application or written request to your local clerk. It must be received by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

8 p.m. on Election Day.

Minnesota

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Minnesota driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form at your county election office.

Deadline: 21 days before Election Day, or in-person on Election Day or during the absentee voting period.

How to vote by mail: 

If you want to vote by mail, you can request an absentee ballot by completing an online absentee application or downloading, completing and returning an absentee application to your county election office by the day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within the next seven calendar days.

Mississippi

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: N/A
  • In-person: You can register to vote at your circuit clerk’s office or municipal clerk’s office.

Deadline: 30 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

Contact your circuit or municipal clerk’s office within 45 days of Election Day to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

5 p.m. on the day before Election Day.

Missouri

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Missouri driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form at your county clerk’s office.

Deadline: 27 days before Election Day.

How to vote by mail: 

In order to vote by mail, request an absentee ballot from your local election authority by mail or in person. Your request must be received by 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

7 p.m. on Election Day

Montana

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: N/A
  • In-person: Submit a voter registration application at your local county election office.

Deadline: Mailed applications need to be postmarked 30 days before or received 27 days before Election Day. You can register at your local election office in-person through Election Day.

How to vote by mail: 

To request an absentee ballot to vote by mail, you must submit an application for absentee ballot by mail or in person at the county election office by noon the day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

8 p.m. on Election Day.

Nebraska

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Nebraska driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: You can register in person when applying or renewing your driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Deadline: 11 days before Election Day when registering in person, 18 days before when registering by mail (postmarked) or online.

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, you can complete and print an online early-voting application, which should be returned by mail, fax or email to your county election office by 6 p.m. on the second Friday before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

8 p.m. on Election Day.

Nevada

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Nevada driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: You can register to vote in person at any NV Department of Motor Vehicles office, or at your county clerk or registrar of voters’ office.

Deadline:  28 days before Election Day, or five days before when registering online.

How to vote by mail: 

If you want to vote by mail, you must complete and return an Absentee Ballot Request Form to your local county clerk or registrar of voters by 5 p.m. on the 14th day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received within seven days of Election Day.

New Hampshire

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Registration by mail is not available in New Hampshire.
  • Online: N/A
  • In-person: You can register to vote at your town or city clerk’s office. You may also register with your community’s  Supervisors of the Checklist.

Deadline: Applications must be received between six and 13 days before Election Day, depending on the town you live in. You may register in-person through Election Day at your polling place.

How to vote by mail: 

For voting by mail, request an absentee ballot by downloading, completing, and returning an Absentee Ballot Application to your local city or town clerk.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

5 p.m. on Election Day.

New Jersey

Update your voter registration:

Deadline: 21 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, fill out and return an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot to your local county clerk no later than seven days before Election Day. You also can apply in person up to 3 p.m. the day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Must be postmarked by Election Day and received within 48 hours after the polls close.

New Mexico

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid New Mexico driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: You can submit your voter registration form at any county clerk’s office or at the Secretary of State’s office.

Deadline: 28 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

Complete and return an Absentee Ballot Application to your county clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2020, in order to vote by mail.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

7 p.m. on Election Day.

New York

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid New York driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: Register in person at your county Board of Elections.

Deadline: 25 days before Election Day. Mailed registrations must be postmarked 25 days before Election Day and received no later than 20 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, pick up an application for an absentee ballot from your county board of elections or download one from the New York Board of Elections. Return the completed application to your county board no later than seven days before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Absentee ballots must be postmarked one day before Election Day and received within seven days following Election Day.

North Carolina

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you are a North Carolina DMV customer and have a valid North Carolina driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: You can register in person at your county Board of Elections.

Deadline: 25 days before Election Day. Mailed registrations must be postmarked 25 days before Election Day and received no later than 20 days before Election Day. If you miss the deadline can register in person at your local Early Voting site up until three days before Election Day.

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, complete and return a State Absentee Ballot Request Form by email, fax, mail or in person to your local county board of elections. It must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by 5 p.m. on the third day after Election Day.

North Dakota

Update your voter registration:

  • North Dakota does not have a voter registration process. Just show your state issued ID at the polls to vote. If you have moved and your ID doesn’t have your current address, you should bring supplemental documentation such as a utility bill.

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, complete an absentee/mail ballot application online or download, complete and print the form. Return it to your county auditor.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Must be postmarked the day before Election Day.

Ohio

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Ohio driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: Register in person at your county Board of Elections, the office of the Secretary of State, or at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Deadline: 30 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

For voting by mail, complete the absentee ballot request form, and return it to your county board of elections no later than three days before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day and received within 10 days of Election Day.

Oklahoma

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: N/A
  • In-person: Turn in your completed voter registration form to your county Election Board.

Deadline:  25 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, complete an online absentee voting application or send a written request to your county election board by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

7 p.m. on Election Day.

Oregon

Update your voter registration:

Deadline: 21 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

Registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot from the secretary of state two to three weeks before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

8 p.m. on Election Day.

Pennsylvania

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: You can register in person at your county voter registration office.

Deadline: 15 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

If voting by mail, apply online or complete and return a mail-in ballot application to your county election office. You also can apply in person. You must apply by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

8 p.m. on Election Day.

Puerto Rico

Update your voter registration:

Puerto Rican residents who live within the United States mainland can vote in U.S. presidential elections, and should update their information with their state of residence. For island elections, please follow the instructions below.

  • Online: You can request your absentee ballot and verify your registration status here.
  • In-person: You can register in-person at your local election Permanent Registration Board office.

Deadline: 50 days before Election Day. Voter registration addresses can’t be updated once the election is less than 120 days away.

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, complete and return an absentee voting request to the Absentee Vote Administrative Board by Sept. 19, 2020.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Postmarked by Election Day.

Rhode Island

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Rhode Island driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online. When you update your address with the DMV your voter registration address is automatically updated. If you need to manually update your voter registration address you can check it here.
  • In-person: You can turn in your completed voter registration form at your local board of canvassers.

Deadline: 30 days before Election Day. You may also register on Election Day in-person, but only for presidential elections.

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, you can pick up a mail ballot application at your local board of Canvassers or request one by phone. You also can download an application from the Rhode Island secretary of state website. Your application must be submitted by 4 p.m. on the 21st day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

8 p.m. on Election Day.

South Carolina

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid South Carolina driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online.
  • In-person: You can register in person at your county board of voter registration.
  • Update address: If you want to change your voter registration address without re-registering, submit a change-of-address form by mail, fax, in person, or as an e-mail attachment to your county voter registration office.

Deadline: 30 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

For voting by mail, pick up an absentee ballot application from your county voter registration office, or call or email them to request an application. You also can complete and print the application online. Return your application by 5 p.m. on the fourth day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

7 p.m. on Election Day.

South Dakota

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: N/A
  • In-person: You can turn in your completed voter registration form to your county auditor’s office.

Deadline: 15 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

For voting by mail, download, complete and return the absentee ballot application to your county election official by 5 p.m. on the day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Before the polls close on Election Day.

Tennessee

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Tennessee driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: You can submit your voter registration in person to your county election commission office.

Deadline: 30 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

In order to vote by mail, send a written request or completed absentee ballot request form to your local county election commission office by the seventh day prior to Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

The close of polls on Election Day.

Texas

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: Online voter registration is unavailable in Texas. However, if you moved within the same county you can update your address online.
  • In-person: You can submit your voter registration in person to your county voter registration office.

Deadline: 30 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, complete an application for ballot by mail online or print and send it to your local Early Voting Clerk by Oct. 23, 2020.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Must be postmarked by Election Day and received by 5 p.m. on the day after Election Day.

Utah

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Utah driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address. Your voter registration address must match the address on your ID, so you may have to update that first.
  • In-person: You can submit your voter registration in person to your county clerk’s office.

Deadline: Mailed registrations must be postmarked 30 days before Election Day. Online and in-person registrations are due seven days before Election Day. You can also register in person on Election Day.

How to vote by mail: 

Active registered voters will automatically receive voting-by-mail ballots from their county clerks, who will mail ballots between Oct. 13, 2020, and Oct. 27, 2020.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Must be postmarked the day before Election Day, or you can drop it in a drop box location by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Vermont

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Vermont driver’s license or other accepted ID (utility bill, bank statement, or government document with your residential address), you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: You can submit your voter registration in person to your town or city clerk’s office.

Deadline: Election Day. Mailed registrations must be received by Election Day. You may be asked to fill out another application on Election Day if your registration isn’t received by the day prior.

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, request a mail-in voting ballot online, using a paper application or at your local clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on the day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Before the close of the office on the day before Election Day if returning to the town clerk; by 7 p.m. on Election Day at your polling place.

Virginia

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Virginia driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: You can submit your voter registration in person at your local voter registration office.

Deadline: 22 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, you can apply online for an absentee ballot or print and return the application by mail, fax or email. Your application must be received no later than 11 days before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Postmarked on or before Election Day and received by 12 p.m. on the third day after Election Day.

Washington

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Washington driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: Submit your voter registration in person at your county elections department.

Deadline: Eight days before Election Day. You can register in person on Election Day.

How to vote by mail: 

Washington State votes by mail for its elections, so your ballot will be mailed to you at least 18 days before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Postmarked by Election Day or dropped in a drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Washington DC

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid District of Columbia driver’s license or ID, you can re-register online.
  • In-person: Submit your completed voter registration form at any D.C. Board of Elections office, Department of Motor Vehicles location, or any National Voter Registration Act agency including public schools and libraries.
  • Update registration: If you are already registered, update your address online, using the Vote4DC mobile app, or in-person at any NVRA agency.

Deadline: 21 days before Election Day by mail or online. You can register to vote on Election Day or during the Early Voting Period at polling locations.

How to vote by mail: 

When voting by mail in the District of Columbia, the usual course of action is to download and complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form and return it to the Board of Elections no later than seven days before the election. However, for absentee voting 2020, all registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot at the beginning of October.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

All absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Board of Elections within seven days after Election Day.

West Virginia

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid West Virginia driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: You can submit your voter registration in person at your county clerk’s office.

Deadline: 21 days before Election Day

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, submit a completed absentee ballot application to your county clerk’s office by mail, fax, email or in person no later than the sixth day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

Postmarked by Election Day and received by the start of Canvass.

Wisconsin

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration using MYMOVE’s form. All you have to do is fill in your information, print it out, and mail it in!
  • Online: If you have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license or ID, you can register to vote online or update your registration with your new address.
  • In-person: You can submit your voter registration in person at your municipal clerk’s office.

Deadline: 20 days before Election Day. You can register in-person at your local municipal clerk’s office up until the Friday before Election Day, or at your polling place on Election Day.

How to vote by mail: 

To vote by mail, download and complete the Application for Absentee Ballot, and return it by ail to your local municipal clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before Election Day. You also can request an absentee ballot by email, online or by fax.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

8 p.m. on Election Day.

Wyoming

Update your voter registration:

  • By mail: Update your registration with this form and include a copy of the required ID. You also need to have the form notarized unless you are a military member or overseas citizen.
  • Online: N/A
  • In-person: You can register to vote in person at your local county clerk’s office.

Deadline: Mailed registrations must be received 14 days before Election Day. You can register to vote in person during Early Voting and on Election Day.

How to vote by mail: 

For voting by mail, you can call, email or stop in at your county clerk to request an absentee ballot. You also can apply online or download and print out an application to mail to your county clerk. Applications must be received by the day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadline: 

7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

Karon Warren contributed to this report.


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