The How-To's of Early Voting

The How-To's of Early Voting

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The How-To's of Early Voting

Find out how to get to the nearest polls ASAP!

Find out how to get to the nearest polls ASAP!

Text: Juliana Bakumenko

If you’ve been keeping up with anything in American society lately, you probably know that there is a major Presidential election about to take place. Actually, it just may be the most important election we’ve ever faced, and it’s happening right now. 

You may be thinking that Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 isn’t here just yet, but V is here to tell you that actually, you absolutely can and should be voting now. (Time to triple check, are you registered to vote? Register here, now. 

While it isn’t the day itself, there are a few ways in which you can already cast your ballots for the 2020 general election. As you also may know, in addition to facing a democracy-defining election, we’re all in the midst of a global pandemic, and voting via mail and absentee voting is highly encouraged. Every state offers absentee mail-in voting. If you’re voting by mail or absentee, you should be filling out and sending back your ballots already. Here’s everything you need to know on how to vote by mail. And hurry, registration deadlines for voting by mail are fast approaching!

If you’re not voting by mail or sending in an absentee ballot, you can also vote early in person. Voting early is a good idea if you’re not able to make it to the polls on Election Day due to work or other commitments, and it also helps stagger how many people are voting at the same time as COVID continues. Early voting restrictions and rules vary by state, so we’ve compiled a list of how to vote early based on your location. Look below to find out how to vote early for your state, happy early voting, and don’t forget to wear your masks! 

Since early voting varies in each state, look up your local polling place here to find out exactly where to vote early. Look here for what to do beforehand and what to bring when voting early in-person.

**Alabama

Alabama does not have early voting exactly, but it does offer in-person absentee voting. This means that you can request an absentee ballot and cast this ballot at your local absentee ballot office starting fifty-five days before the election.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Alabama, look here.

**Alaska 

Early voting for Alaska starts Monday, October 19, 2020, and ends November 2, 2020. Alaska also offers in-person absentee voting during the same time frame, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 24.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Alaska, look here.

Arizona

Early voting in Arizona goes from October 7th to October 30th, but hours vary based on where exactly you live.

To find more about your local election office in Arizona, look here.

Arkansas

Early voting in Arkansas begins October 19th at 8:00 AM CDT and ends Monday, November 2nd at 5:oo PM CDT.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Arkansas, look here.

California 

Early voting for California began Monday, October 5th and will last until Monday, October November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in California, look here.

Colorado

Colorado’s early voting period is from Monday, October 19th until Monday, November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Colorado, look here.

Connecticut

Connecticut is mailing an absentee ballot application to every registered voter, so while they don’t have in-person early voting, you can submit this application and then vote via mail before Election Day.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Connecticut, look here.

**Delaware 

Delaware also offers the process of in-person absentee voting, starting the weekend before Election Day from Friday, October 30th until Monday, November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Delaware, look here.

District of Columbia 

The District of Columbia opens early voting from Tuesday, October 27th starting at 8:30 ESt until Monday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm EST.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in D.C., look here.

Florida 

Florida’s early voting is from Saturday, October 24th at 8:00 AM EST until Saturday October 31st at 5:00 PM EST. Double-check with your local election office to make sure the dates are the same for your county.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Florida, look here.

Georgia 

Georgia’s early voting is from Monday, October 12th until Friday, October 30th.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Georgia, look here.

Hawaii 

Hawaii offers early voting in-person from Tuesday, October 20th until Monday, November 2nd. Hawaii also mails a ballot to every registered voter a few weeks prior to the election, so you can vote early via mail as well.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Hawaii, look here.

Idaho

Idaho does offer early voting, but availability varies by county, so check your local election office to see when and where you can vote early.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Idaho, look here.

Illinois

Illinois allows early voting from Thursday, September 24th until Monday, November 2nd. The state will also mail an absentee ballot application to those who have voted in previous elections and those who have registered to vote after the primaries.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Illinois, look here.

**Indiana 

Indiana’s form of early voting is In-Person Absentee, starting October 6th and going until Monday, November 2nd at 12:00 PM CST.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Indiana, look here.

**Iowa

Iowa offers in-person absentee voting from October 5th until November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Iowa, look here.

Kansas 

Early voting in Kansas runs from Wednesday, October 14th until Monday, November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Kansas, look here.

Kentucky 

Kentucky holds in-person early voting from Tuesday, October 13th until Monday, November 2nd. The state offers that anyone concerned with contracting COVID may request an absentee ballot.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Kentucky, look here.

Louisiana 

Louisiana’s early voting period is from Friday, October 16th starting at 8:00 AM CST until Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 PM CST.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Louisiana, look here.

**Maine 

Maine’s early voting method, in-person absentee voting, is open from Monday, October 5th until Friday, October 30th.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Maine, look here.

Maryland 

Maryland voters can vote early starting at 10:00 AM EST on Monday, October 26th until Monday, November 2nd at 8:00 PM EST.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Maryland, look here.

Massachusetts 

Early voting in Massachusetts goes from Saturday, October 17th until Friday, October 30th.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Massachusetts, look here.

**Michigan 

Michigan has early voting in the form of in-person absentee voting, which is open from Thursday, September 24th until Monday, November 2nd at 4:00 PM EST.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Michigan, look here.

Minnesota 

Minnesota’s early voting is from Friday, September 18th until Monday, November 2nd, but the availability may differ based on where exactly you live, so double check your local early voting dates and times.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Minnesota, look here.

**Mississippi 

Mississippi has in-person absentee voting until Saturday, October 31st. Aside from that, voters may request an absentee ballot and vote early via mail.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Mississippi, look here.

Missouri 

Missouri doesn’t offer in-person early voting exactly, but it does allow in-person voting on Election Day and absentee mail-in ballots, which require a notary. Absentee ballot requests must be received by 5:00pm on Wednesday, October 21st. 

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Missouri, look here.

Montana 

To vote early in Montana, residents can go through the absentee in-person voting process, which runs from October 5th until November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Montana, look here.

Nebraska 

Nebraska’s early voting starts on Monday, October 5th, and ends at 5:oo PM CDT on Monday, November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Nebraska, look here.

Nevada 

Nevada’s early voting period is from Saturday, October 17th until Friday, October 30th.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Nevada, look here.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire, unfortunately, does not offer early voting, and requests that all voters who are unable to vote in-person on Election Day register for an absentee ballot.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in New Hampshire, look here.

New Jersey 

To promote mail-in voting, New Jersey is automatically mailing a ballot to all active and registered voters, allowing NJ residents to vote early via mail.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in New Jersey, look here.

New Mexico

New Mexico offers early voting from Saturday, October 17th until Saturday, October 31st.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in New Mexico, look here.

New York 

New York’s early voting takes place from Saturday, October 24th until Sunday, November 1st.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in New York, look here.

North Carolina 

Early voting is open from Thursday, October 15th until Saturday, October 31st in North Carolina.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in North Carolina, look here.

North Dakota

North Dakota offers early voting from Monday, October 19th until Mondays, November 2nd. Dates and hours may vary based on where you live, so be sure to double-check your location at the link directly below.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in North Dakota, look here.

Ohio 

Ohio has early voting from Tuesday, October 6th until Monday, November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Ohio, look here.

Oklahoma 

Oklahoma has a very limited time frame for early voting, so make sure you plan ahead for your trip to the polls. Oklahoma’s early voting is from Thursday, October 29th starting at 8:00 AM CDT until Saturday, October 31st until 2:00 PM CDT.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Oklahoma, look here.

Oregon 

Oregon has strictly mail-in ballots this election, so fill you ballot out and send it back as soon as you receive it in the mail!

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Oregon, look here.

**Pennsylvania 

Pennsylvania voters can vote early by in-person absentee voting, from September 14th until Tuesday, October 27th.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Pennsylvania, look here.

Rhode Island 

Rhode Island opens early voting from October 14th until November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Rhode Island, look here.

**South Carolina 

South Carolina goes through the process of in-person absentee voting, meaning you can request an absentee ballot and submit it at your local absentee ballot office from October 5th until November 2nd at 5:00 PM EST.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in South Carolina, look here.

**South Dakota 

To vote early in South Dakota, you can go through in-person absentee voting, from September 18th until November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in South Dakota, look here.

Tennessee 

Early voting in Tennessee lasts from Wednesday, October 14th until Thursday, October 29th.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Tennessee, look here.

Texas 

Texas’s early voting began October 13th and is open until Friday, October 30th.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Texas, look here.

Utah 

Utah offers early voting from Tuesday, October 20th until Friday, October 30th.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Utah, look here.

Vermont 

Early voting in Vermont is available from September 20th until Monday, November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Vermont, look here.

Virginia 

Virginia’s early voting is open from Friday, September 18th until Saturday, October 31st. Get into costume and rock it at the polls!

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Virginia, look here.

Washington 

Early in-person voting for Washington begins October 16th and ends on November 3rd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Washington, look here.

West Virginia 

West Virginia offers early voting from Wednesday, October 21st until Saturday, October 31st.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in West Virginia, look here.

**Wisconsin

To vote early in Wisconsin, the state offers absentee in-person voting. This allows you to vote from Tuesday, October 20th to Sunday, November 1st. Look at the link below to start the absentee in-person voting process!

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Wisconsin, look here.

Wyoming 

Wyoming voters can also vote early through absentee in-person voting, which goes from September 18th until November 2nd.

If you have any additional questions on how to vote early in Wyoming, look here.

**Certain states do not have early voting, but they do have in-person absentee voting, which means voters can request an absentee ballot and cast it at their local absentee ballot office prior to Election Day.

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