|Voting policy in the United States|
| State poll times (2015) |
| Voting in the 2015 primary elections |
| Voting in the 2015 general elections |
|Voter identification laws by state|
|Voting information by state|
The following 19 states require a citizen to provide a valid excuse for their inability to vote in person on Election Day.
Commonly accepted reasons for casting an absentee ballot include:
- a voter's absence from his or her home county on Election Day
- illness or physical disability
- a voter's prolonged absence from his or her home county (e.g., armed forces personnel, overseas employees, college students, etc.)
- a voter being required to work during polling hours
- religious observance
- incarceration (non-felony)
The following 28 states (plus the District of Columbia) do not require any excuse to vote absentee and allow all citizens to vote in this manner:
The remaining three states (Colorado, Oregon and Washington) conduct all elections using a vote-by-mail system. As a result, there is no need for absentee balloting. Proponents argue that a vote-by-mail system reduces the cost of elections and increases voter turnout.
Absentee voting by state
For more information about absentee voting in your state, select your state from the map below.