Early Voting

Can anybody vote early by mail (once referred to as absentee voting)?

A.
Only specific reasons entitle a registered voter to vote early by mail (no longer called absentee voting). You may request a ballot by mail if you:
  1. will be away from your county on Election Day and during early voting;
  2. are sick or disabled;
  3. are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or
  4. are confined in jail.

I fall under one of the 4 reasons above. What do I do now? Are there deadlines connected with this procedure?

A.
First, request an Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM) from the Early Voting Clerk in the political subdivision conducting your election, or from our office. Once received, read the instructions carefully, complete the ABBM and return it to the Early Voting Clerk. For the November 4, 2014 General Election, the first day to submit an ABBM to the Early Voting Clerk is September 5, 2014. The deadline for the Early Voting Clerk to receive your ABBM is October 4, 2014. Note that this is not a postmark date; the ABBM must be received in the office of the Early Voting Clerk by October 4, 2014 in order for you to receive a ballot by mail.

Can anyone vote early, or only those people who are going to be out of town on Election Day? What are the dates for voting early in person?

A.
Any registered voter may vote early in person. To vote early by mail, you must first complete an Application for Ballot by Mail. For complete details, refer to our section "Early Voting."
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