Absentee Ballot Request
If you are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day, Absentee Ballot helps ensure you can exercise your right to vote and have your vote count.
Qualifying for an absentee ballot?
The criteria for being eligible to voting absentee vary state to state. To date, 21 states require that voters provide a valid excuse for absentee voting. Others do not require an excuse.
A few of the valid excuses accepted by states to qualify for an absentee ballot include:
- You are ill, have a medical condition, or temporarily or permanently physically disabled
- Your business or occupation is providing care to your parent, spouse or child who is living at home and requires constant care.
- You are temporarily living outside of the United States.
- You are away from the state because of illness or injury received while serving in the United States armed forces
- You are a member of the U. S. Armed Forces, American Red Cross, the U. S. O. or the U. S. Merchant Marine.
- You are a spouse or dependent of on of the above mentioned persons temporarily living outside of the United States
- Illness or physical disability prevent you from going to the poles on Election Day
- You are a county employee who expects that your Election Day duties will prevent you from voting at the poles on Election Day
- Religious observance of a religious holiday will prevent you from voting at the poles on Election Day
In the states that require an excuse, there may be other acceptable excuses that would make you eligible for absentee voting.
Requesting An Absentee Ballot
Each state has its own absentee ballot request form. You will need to submit your signed form to your local election or county clerks office in person or by mail.
In states that require an excuse, the form will require that you provide a reason for requesting an absentee ballot. Most state forms will require that you provide the following information:
- First Name
- Last Name
- Date of birth
- Social Security Number (SSN)
Note: Deadlines for submitting your absentee ballot request vary by state. To check the dates and deadlines click here.