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{{Voter info VNT}}{{tnr}} This page contains '''absentee voting information pertaining to the 50 states, up to date for the [[2012 election dates|2012 elections]]'''.
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{{Voter info VNT}}{{TOCnestright|limit=2}}'''Absentee voting''' refers to voting by some other method than in person on Election Day. Typically, absentee voting occurs either by mail or over the internet. All states allow for some form of absentee balloting. Some states require voters to provide a valid excuse to vote absentee while others allow any eligible voter to cast an absentee ballot.<ref name=ncslabsentee>[http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/absentee-and-early-voting.aspx ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "Absentee and Early Voting," October 21, 2014]</ref>
 
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Absentee voting refers to voting by some other means than in person on election day. Most of the time this is either by mail or over the Internet. All states allow for some form of absentee balloting, but not all states require a reason to vote absentee and allow anyone to vote absentee.
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==State-by-state-breakdown==
 
==State-by-state-breakdown==
[[Image:AbsenteeMap.png|center]]
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The following 19 states require a citizen to provide a valid excuse for their inability to vote in person on Election Day.<ref name=ncslabsentee>[http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/absentee-and-early-voting.aspx ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "Absentee and Early Voting," October 21, 2014]</ref>
A total of 20 states require a citizen to provide a valid reason for their inability to vote in person on election day. They are as follows:
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*[[Alabama]]
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*[[Voting in Alabama#Absentee voting|Alabama]]
*[[Arkansas]]
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*[[Voting in Arkansas#Absentee voting|Arkansas]]
*[[Connecticut]]
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*[[Voting in Connecticut#Absentee voting|Connecticut]]
*[[Delaware]]
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*[[Voting in Delaware#Absentee voting|Delaware]]
*[[Indiana]]
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*[[Voting in Indiana#Absentee voting|Indiana]]
*[[Kentucky]]
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*[[Voting in Kentucky#Absentee voting|Kentucky]]
*[[Louisiana]]
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*[[Voting in Louisiana#Absentee voting|Louisiana]]
*[[Massachusetts]]
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*[[Voting in Massachusetts#Absentee voting|Massachusetts]]
*[[Michigan]]
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*[[Voting in Michigan#Absentee voting|Michigan]]
*[[Minnesota]]
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*[[Voting in Mississippi#Absentee voting|Mississippi]]
*[[Mississippi]]
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*[[Voting in Missouri#Absentee voting|Missouri]]
*[[Missouri]]
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*[[Voting in New Hampshire#Absentee voting|New Hampshire]]
*[[New Hampshire]]
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*[[Voting in New York#Absentee voting|New York]]
*[[New York]]
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*[[Voting in Pennsylvania#Absentee voting|Pennsylvania]]
*[[Pennsylvania]]
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*[[Voting in South Carolina#Absentee voting|South Carolina]]
*[[South Carolina]]
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*[[Voting in Tennessee#Absentee voting|Tennessee]]
*[[Tennessee]]
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*[[Voting in Texas#Absentee voting|Texas]]
*[[Texas]]
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*[[Voting in Virginia#Absentee voting|Virginia]]
*[[Virginia]]
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*[[Voting in West Virginia#Absentee voting|West Virginia]]
*[[West Virginia]]
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The following are some of the most common reasons accepted to vote absentee before the election:
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Commonly accepted reasons for casting an absentee ballot include:<ref name=ncslabsentee>[http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/absentee-and-early-voting.aspx ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "Absentee and Early Voting," October 21, 2014]</ref>
:*Absence from the county on election day;
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:*a voter's absence from his or her home county on Election Day
:*Illness or physical disability;
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:*illness or physical disability
:*Living outside the county; such as armed forces, overseas employees, college students, or their families;
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:*a voter's prolonged absence from his or her home county (e.g., armed forces personnel, overseas employees, college students, etc.)
:*Is an appointed election officer or poll worked at a polling place other than his or her own;
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:*a voter being required to work during polling hours
:*Works a required shift during polling hours
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:*religious observance
:*Religious observance
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:*incarceration (non-felony)
:*Incarceration (non-felony)
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28 states do not require any excuse to vote absentee and allow all citizens to vote in this manner.  They are as follows:
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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:<ref name=ncslabsentee>[http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/absentee-and-early-voting.aspx ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "Absentee and Early Voting," October 21, 2014]</ref>
 
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*[[Alaska]]
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*[[Voting in Alaska#Absentee voting|Alaska]]
*[[Arizona]]
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*[[Voting in Arizona#Absentee voting|Arizona]]
*[[California]]
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*[[Voting in California#Absentee voting|California]]
*[[Colorado]]
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*District of Columbia
*[[Florida]]
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*[[Voting in Florida#Absentee voting|Florida]]
*[[Georgia]]
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*[[Voting in Georgia#Absentee voting|Georgia]]
*[[Hawaii]]
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*[[Voting in Hawaii#Absentee voting|Hawaii]]
*[[Idaho]]
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*[[Voting in Idaho#Absentee voting|Idaho]]
*[[Illinois]]
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*[[Voting in Illinois#Absentee voting|Illinois]]
*[[Iowa]]
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*[[Voting in Iowa#Absentee voting|Iowa]]
*[[Kansas]]
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*[[Voting in Kansas#Absentee voting|Kansas]]
*[[Maine]]
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*[[Voting in Maine#Absentee voting|Maine]]
*[[Maryland]]
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*[[Voting in Maryland#Absentee voting|Maryland]]
*[[Montana]]
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*[[Voting in Minnesota#Absentee voting|Minnesota]]
*[[Nebraska]]
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*[[Voting in Montana#Absentee voting|Montana]]
*[[Nevada]]
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*[[Voting in Nebraska#Absentee voting|Nebraska]]
*[[New Jersey]]
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*[[Voting in Nevada#Absentee voting|Nevada]]
*[[New Mexico]]
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*[[Voting in New Jersey#Absentee voting|New Jersey]]
*[[North Carolina]]
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*[[Voting in New Mexico#Absentee voting|New Mexico]]
*[[North Dakota]]
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*[[Voting in North Carolina#Absentee voting|North Carolina]]
*[[Ohio]]
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*[[Voting in North Dakota#Absentee voting|North Dakota]]
*[[Oklahoma]]
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*[[Voting in Ohio#Absentee voting|Ohio]]
*[[Rhode Island]]
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*[[Voting in Oklahoma#Absentee voting|Oklahoma]]
*[[South Dakota]]
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*[[Voting in Rhode Island#Absentee voting|Rhode Island]]
*[[Utah]]
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*[[Voting in South Dakota#Absentee voting|South Dakota]]
*[[Vermont]]
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*[[Voting in Utah#Absentee voting|Utah]]
*[[Wisconsin]]
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*[[Voting in Vermont#Absentee voting|Vermont]]
*[[Wyoming]]
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*[[Voting in Wisconsin#Absentee voting|Wisconsin]]
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*[[Voting in Wyoming#Absentee voting|Wyoming]]
 
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The remaining two states ([[Oregon]] and [[Washington]]) conduct all elections using a vote by mail system. Therefore, there is no need for absentee balloting.  
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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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40032-2004Dec31.html ''The Washington Post'', "Vote-by-Mail: The Real Winner Is Democracy," January 1, 2005]</ref>
  
The most common reasons given for using a vote by mail system are reduced cost of elections and increased voter turnout.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40032-2004Dec31.html ''The Washington Post, "Vote-by-Mail: The Real Winner Is Democracy," January 1, 2005]</ref>
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==Absentee voting by state==
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For more information about absentee voting in your state, select your state from the map below.
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{{Absentee voting map}}
  
==Absentee voting==
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==See also==
The tabs below contain the following information relating to absentee voting:
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* [[Absentee ballot vote fraud]]
*Eligibility requirements
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* [[Vote fraud]]
*Deadlines relating to requesting and returning absentee balloting
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* [[Voting]]
*Special information pertaining to military/overseas voters
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* [[Voter registration]]
 
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* [[:Category:Terms and definitions|Terms and definitions]]
=Alabama=
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:''See also: [[User:Jlhaas/Voting in Alabama|Voting in Alabama]]
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=Alaska=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Alaska]]
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{{AKabsentee}}
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=Arizona=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Arizona]]
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{{AZabsentee}}
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=Arkansas=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Arkansas]]
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{{ARabsentee}}
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=California=
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:''See also: [[Voting in California]]
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{{CAabsentee}}
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=Colorado=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Colorado]]
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{{COabsentee}}
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=Connecticut=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Connecticut]]
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{{CTabsentee}}
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=Delaware=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Delaware]]
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{{DEabsentee}}
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=Florida=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Florida]]
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{{FLabsentee}}
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=Georgia=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Georgia]]
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{{GAabsentee}}
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=Hawaii=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Hawaii]]
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{{HIabsentee}}
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=Idaho=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Idaho]]
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{{IDabsentee}}
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=Illinois=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Illinois]]
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{{ILabsentee}}
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=Indiana=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Indiana]]
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{{INabsentee}}
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=Iowa=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Iowa]]
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{{IAabsentee}}
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=Kansas=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Kansas]]
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{{KSabsentee}}
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=Kentucky=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Kentucky]]
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{{KYabsentee}}
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=Louisiana=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Louisiana]]
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{{LAabsentee}}
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=Maine=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Maine]]
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{{MEabsentee}}
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=Maryland=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Maryland]]
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{{MDabsentee}}
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=Massachusetts=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Massachusetts]]
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{{MAabsentee}}
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=Michigan=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Michigan]]
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{{MIabsentee}}
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=Minnesota=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Minnesota]]
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{{MNabsentee}}
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=Mississippi=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Mississippi]]
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{{MSabsentee}}
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=Missouri=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Missouri]]
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{{MOabsentee}}
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=Montana=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Montana]]
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{{MTabsentee}}
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=Nebraska=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Nebraska]]
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{{NEabsentee}}
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=Nevada=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Nevada]]
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{{NVabsentee}}
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=New Hampshire=
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:''See also: [[Voting in New Hampshire]]
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{{NHabsentee}}
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=New Jersey=
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:''See also: [[Voting in New Jersey]]
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{{NJabsentee}}
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=New Mexico=
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:''See also: [[Voting in New Mexico]]
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{{NMabsentee}}
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=New York=
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:''See also: [[Voting in New York]]
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{{NYabsentee}}
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=North Carolina=
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:''See also: [[Voting in North Carolina]]
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{{NCabsentee}}
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=North Dakota=
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:''See also: [[Voting in North Dakota]]
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{{NDabsentee}}
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=Ohio=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Ohio]]
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{{OHabsentee}}
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=Oklahoma=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Oklahoma]]
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{{OKabsentee}}
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=Oregon=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Oregon]]
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{{ORabsentee}}
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=Pennsylvania=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Pennsylvania]]
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{{PAabsentee}}
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=Rhode Island=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Rhode Island]]
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{{RIabsentee}}
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=South Carolina=
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:''See also: [[Voting in South Carolina]]
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{{SCabsentee}}
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=South Dakota=
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:''See also: [[Voting in South Dakota]]
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{{SDabsentee}}
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=Tennessee=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Tennessee]]
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{{TNabsentee}}
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=Texas=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Texas]]
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{{TXabsentee}}
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=Utah=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Utah]]
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{{UTabsentee}}
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=Vermont=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Vermont]]
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{{VTabsentee}}
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=Virginia=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Virginia]]
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{{VAabsentee}}
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=Washington=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Washington]]
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{{WAabsentee}}
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=West Virginia=
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:''See also: [[Voting in West Virginia]]
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{{WVabsentee}}
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=Wisconsin=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Wisconsin]]
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{{WIabsentee}}
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=Wyoming=
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:''See also: [[Voting in Wyoming]]
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{{WYabsentee}}
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<headertabs/>
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==References==
 
==References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
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{{Plp elections hnt}}
 
{{election info}}
 
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[[Category:Voting]]
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[[Category:State by state unique reports]]
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[[Category:Elections]]
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[[Category:Election terms]]
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[[Category:Election policy project]]

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Absentee voting refers to voting by some other method than in person on Election Day. Typically, absentee voting occurs either by mail or over the internet. All states allow for some form of absentee balloting. Some states require voters to provide a valid excuse to vote absentee while others allow any eligible voter to cast an absentee ballot.[1]

State-by-state-breakdown

The following 19 states require a citizen to provide a valid excuse for their inability to vote in person on Election Day.[1]

Commonly accepted reasons for casting an absentee ballot include:[1]

  • 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:[1]

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.[2]

Absentee voting by state

For more information about absentee voting in your state, select your state from the map below.

Voting in NevadaVoting in AlaskaVoting in HawaiiVoting in ArizonaVoting in UtahVoting in New MexicoVoting in ColoradoVoting in WyomingVoting in CaliforniaVoting in OregonVoting in WashingtonVoting in IdahoVoting in MontanaVoting in North DakotaVoting in South DakotaVoting in NebraskaVoting in KansasVoting in OklahomaVoting in TexasVoting in MinnesotaVoting in IowaVoting in MissouriVoting in ArkansasVoting in LouisianaVoting in MississippiVoting in AlabamaVoting in WisconsinVoting in IllinoisVoting in TennesseeVoting in KentuckyVoting in IndianaVoting in MichiganVoting in OhioVoting in GeorgiaVoting in FloridaVoting in South CarolinaVoting in North CarolinaVoting in VirginiaVoting in West VirginiaVoting in PennsylvaniaVoting in New YorkVoting in VermontVoting in New HampshireVoting in MassachusettsVoting in Rhode IslandVoting in ConnecticutVoting in New JerseyVoting in DelawareVoting in MarylandVoting in MaineUS map.png

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