New voting options in 2020: A state-by-state guide to deadlines and requirements to vote

October 8, 2020
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Election season is underway, with less than a month left to go until Nov. 3.

Voting will look more different than ever this year, with many states expanding mail-in, absentee and early in-person voting options for voters amid coronavirus concerns.

RADIO.COM is here to help you make sure you know your options and pay close attention to the specific requirements in your state.

To make sure you are prepared for this year’s election, find a state-by-state breakdown of registration deadlines and voting options below.

Alabama

Deadline to register online, by mail or in-person: Oct. 19
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 29 (by mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 by 12pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: None

Alaska

Deadline to register online, by mail or in-person: Oct. 4
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 24 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 19-Nov. 2 (dates and times vary by borough)

Arizona

Deadline to register online, by mail or in-person: Oct. 5
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 23, 5pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 7pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Oct. 7 (dates and times vary by county)

Arkansas

Deadline to register by mail or in person: Oct. 5.
Online voter registration: Not available
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 27 (mail), Nov. 2 (in person) (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 7:30pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Oct. 19 (dates and times vary by county)

California

Deadline to register online or by mail: Oct. 19.
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: Ballots automatically mailed to all registered voters
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 5-Nov. 2 (dates and hours vary by county)

Colorado

Deadline to register online: Oct. 26
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: Ballots automatically mailed to all registered voters
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 7pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Oct. 19 (dates and hours vary by county)

Connecticut

Deadline to register online: Oct. 27
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: Nov. 2 (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: None

Delaware

Deadline to register by mail or in-person: Oct. 10
Online voter registration: Not available
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 30 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 8pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: None

District of Columbia (Washington DC)

Deadline to register online: Oct. 13
Deadline for mail-in registrations to be received: Oct. 13
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: Ballots automatically mailed to all registered voters
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 27–Nov. 2

Florida

Deadline to register online, by mail or in-person: Oct. 5
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 24, 5pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 7pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins statewide by Oct. 24 but may begin in some counties by Oct. 19

Georgia

Deadline to register online, by mail or in-person: Oct. 5
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 30 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (received)
Early in-person voting dates: Begin statewide by Oct. 12 (dates and times vary by county)

Hawaii

Deadline to register online, by mail or in-person: Oct. 5
Deadline to apply for absentee: Ballots automatically mailed to all registered voters
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 20-Nov. 2

Idaho

Deadline to register online or by mail: Oct. 9
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 23, 8pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 8pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 19-30 (dates and times vary by county)

Illinois

Deadline to register online: Oct. 17
Deadline to register by mail: Oct. 6
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 29 (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Sept. 24-Nov. 2 (dates and times vary by county)

Indiana

Deadline to register online, by mail or in-person: Oct. 5
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 22 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 12pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Beings Oct. 6 (dates and times vary by county)

Iowa

Deadline to register online or by mail: Oct. 24
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 24, 5pm (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, close of polls (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 5-Nov. 2 (but limited, you can fill out an absentee ballot at your county auditor’s office, which provides an accessible ballot marking device for disabled people)

Kansas

Deadline to register online, by mail or in-person: Oct. 13
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 27 (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Must begin statewide by Oct. 27, but offered starting Oct. 14 in some areas (dates and hours vary by county)

Kentucky

Deadline to register online, by mail or in-person: Oct. 5
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 27 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 6pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Oct. 13 (dates and hours vary by county)

Louisiana

Deadline to register in-person or by mail: Oct. 5
Deadline to register online: Oct. 14
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 30, 4pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 2, 4:20pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Must begin statewide by Oct. 20 (dates and times vary by parish)

Maine

Deadline to register by mail: Oct. 13
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Online voter registration: Not available
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 29 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 8pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 4-29 (limited, available at your municipal clerk’s office)

Maryland

Deadline to register in-person, by mail or online: Oct. 13
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 20 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Oct. 26

Massachusetts

Deadline to register in-person, by mail or online: Oct. 24
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 28 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 17–30

Michigan

Deadline to register by mail or online: Oct. 19
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 30, 5pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 8pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: None

Minnesota

Deadline to register by mail or online: Oct. 13
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: Nov. 2 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Limited, available at county election office

Mississippi

Deadline to register by mail or in-person: Oct. 5
Online voter registration: Not available
Deadline to apply for absentee: None (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: None

Missouri

Deadline to register by mail, in-person or online: Oct. 7
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 21, 5pm (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, close of polls (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: None

Montana

Deadline to register by mail: Oct. 5
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Online voter registration: Not available
Deadline to apply for absentee: Nov. 2, 12pm (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 8pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: None

Nebraska

Deadline to register by mail or online: Oct. 16
Deadline to register in-person: Oct. 23
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 23 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 8pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 5-Nov. 2

Nevada

Deadline to register by mail or in-person: Oct. 6
Deadline to register online: Oct. 29
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 20, 5pm (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 17-30

New Hampshire

Deadline to register by mail: Oct. 21
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Online voter registration: Not available
Deadline to apply for absentee: Nov. 2 (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 5pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: None

New Jersey

Deadline to register by mail or in-person: Oct. 13
Online voter registration: Not available
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 27 (mail), Nov. 2, 8pm (in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Sept. 19

New Mexico

Deadline to register by mail or online: Oct. 6
Deadline to register in-person: Oct. 31
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 20, 5pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 7pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 17-31

New York

Deadline to register to vote by mail, in-person or online: Oct. 9
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 27 (mail), Nov. 2, 8pm (in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 24-Nov. 3

North Carolina

Deadline to register to vote by mail, in-person or online: Oct. 9
*Deadline to register during early voting period: Residents can do same-day registration and voting at one-stop sites from Oct. 15 - 31
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 27, 5pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 5pm (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 15-31

North Dakota

Eligible residents are automatically registered to vote
*Absentee voters in certain counties: Must request ballot, ensure it is postmarked by Nov. 2
Deadline to apply for absentee: None (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 2 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Oct. 19

Ohio

Deadline to register by mail, in-person or online: Oct. 5
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 31 (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 2 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 6-Nov. 2

Oklahoma

Deadline to register by mail or in person: Oct. 9
Online voter registration: Not available
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 27, 5pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 7pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Oct. 29

Oregon

Deadline to register online, by mail or in-person: Oct. 13
Deadline to apply for absentee: None (all mail)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 8pm (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: None

Pennsylvania

Deadline to register by mail, in-person or online: Oct. 19
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 27, 5pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 8pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: None

Rhode Island

Deadline to register by mail, in-person or online: Oct. 4
*Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day but only to vote in the presidential election)
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 13, 4pm (mail, in person)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 8pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 14-Nov. 2

South Carolina

Deadline to register in-person: Oct. 2
Deadline to register online: Oct. 4
Deadline to register by mail: Oct. 5
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 30, 5pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 7pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: None

South Dakota

Deadline to register in-person: Oct. 19
Deadline for mail registrations to be received: Oct. 19
Online voter registration: Not available
Deadline to apply for absentee: Nov. 2, 5pm (mail)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, close of polls (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Sept. 18

Tennessee

Deadline to register by mail, in-person or online: Oct. 5
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 27 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, close of polls (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 14-29

Texas

Deadline to register by mail or in person: Oct. 5
Online voter registration: Not available
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 23 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 7pm (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Oct. 13

Utah

Deadline to register online: Oct. 23
Deadline for mail registrations to be received: Oct. 23
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: None (all mail)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Oct. 20

Vermont

Deadline to register online, by mail or in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
*State encourages online registrants to complete the process by Oct. 30
Deadline to apply for absentee: Nov. 2 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 7pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Sept. 19

Virginia

Deadline to register by mail, in-person or online: Oct. 13
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 23, 5pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 7pm (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Sept. 18

Washington

Deadline to register online: Oct. 26
Deadline for mail registrations to be received: Oct. 26
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: None (all mail)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 16-Nov. 2

West Virginia

Deadline to register by mail, in-person or online: Oct. 13
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 28 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3 (postmarked by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 21-31

Wisconsin

Deadline to register online or by mail: Oct. 14
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 29, 5pm (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 8pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Oct. 20-Nov. 1

Wyoming

Deadline to register by mail: Oct. 19
Deadline to register in-person: Nov. 3 (any day up to and including Election Day)
Online voter registration: Not available
Deadline to apply for absentee: Oct. 2 (online)
Deadline for mail ballot: Nov. 3, 7pm (received by)
Early in-person voting dates: Begins Sept. 18

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