Vote By Mail
Date of last comprehensive review: 9/8/2020
|State||COVID-19 is not an acceptable reason to request application for mail-in ballot unless sick or exposed (as of September 16, 2020)||Witness or notary signature required for mail-in ballot (as of September 1, 2020)||Permanent mail-in ballot system||Automatic mail-in ballot system in response to COVID-19 (0,1,2 2 being conditional- see notes for details)||Automatic applications sent for mail-in ballots in response to COVID-19 (0,1,2 2 being conditional- see notes for details)||Last date of receipt of mail-in ballot request for the general election (by mail or online)||Notes|
NotesAK – only sent ballot applications to those 65 and older
NotesAZ – already mails ballots by request.
|District of Columbia||1||0||--|
NotesID – only for the primary
NotesIA passed a law preventing automatic sending of ballot applications without legislative consent. This consent was later granted.
NotesMN – Jurisdictions with fewer than 400 registered voters have the option to mail ballots to all voters.
NotesMT – Counties were given the option but it was not made a statewide policy.
NotesNE – counties with fewer than 10,000 people have the option to mail ballots.
NotesNM – only some counties are mailing ballot applications. Anyone can request an absentee ballot though.
NotesNY – mail in ballot applications were sent for the June primary only.
NotesRI – automatically sent for the June primary only.
NotesSC – As of September 16th SC changed its rules to allow voters to use the state of emergency as an excuse to VBM. The state also waived the signature requirement but on Oct 5th this was overturned by the Supreme Court.
NotesVT – automatic ballot for general election only; automatic ballot application for primary only
NotesWV - Only sent applications for the May elections
NotesWY - Sent ballot requests for both primary and general elections