How to vote by mail

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Updated May 1, 2020 – Election Center

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What is voting by mail?

Voting by mail allows you to vote remotely without having to visit a polling station in person.

Your state will mail a ballot to the address where you are registered to vote.  You then fill out and complete the ballot according to the instructions.

After you’ve completed your ballot, simply place it in the return envelop provided. Postage is typically already paid for, so you just need to return it to any mailbox before your state’s voting deadline.  States have different policies regarding voting by mail, so it is important to check with your state to know the official deadlines and restrictions.

Mail back the voting ballot

Step 1

Register for an absentee (mail-in) ballot

While registering to vote, you can opt in to “mail-in ballot” or “absentee ballot”.  These terms both mean the same thing: that your state will mail a ballot to your address for you to vote from home.

register to mail in absentee vote

Step 2

While registering, select ‘absentee’ or mail-in voting

While registering to vote, you can opt in to “mail-in ballot” or “absentee ballot”.  These terms both mean the same thing: that your state will mail a ballot to your address for you to vote from home. Some states may require you to select a reason for voting absentee.

Select mail-in voting absentee ballot

Step 3

Your ballot will be mailed to the address you provided.

Awesome! You received your ballot. Carefully read the instructions on how to fill it out, sign the envelope where appropriate, and make your voice heard.

fill out and send mail in ballot voting

Step 4

Fill out your ballot and mail it back before the deadline.

After you’ve completed your ballot, simply place it in the return envelop provided. Postage is already paid for, so you just need to return it to any mailbox before your state’s voting deadline.

Mail back the voting ballot

You’re awesome!

You’ve voted by mail. Your voice is truly heroic.

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