1. How do I request an absentee ballot?

You, a member of your immediate family or your legal guardian (if instructed by you), may request an absentee ballot by submitting an online request directly through your county Supervisor of Elections’ website or by contacting the office of your county Supervisor of Elections in person, by phone, by e-mail, or by other written request. You do not have to be absent from your county of residence or have another reason to vote absentee. Your name, address and date of birth are required. If the request is in writing, the request must be signed by the requester and if it is not you, the requester’s relationship to you must be included and driver’s license number if available.* You can also submit an absentee ballot request online by going through the Division of Elections’ Voter Information Lookup to find the online absentee ballot request link for your County Supervisor of Elections’ office. In order to receive an absentee ballot by mail, the request must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day before an election.

When you submit your request, the supervisor of elections must notify you of the free access system which is an online feature that allows you to track online the status of absentee ballot. Go to your county Supervisor of Elections’ website or you can access that information indirectly through the portal on the Division of Elections’ Voter Information Lookup.

*For military voters (and their spouses and dependent children) absent from their county of residence or overseas civilians only, you may specify how you want your absentee ballot to be delivered to you: by mail, e-mail or fax. If it is not specified the absentee ballot will be mailed.

How do I vote absentee?

Assuming you are already registered, you must submit a request for an absentee ballot. Refer to the answer to the question “How do I request an absentee ballot?” Once your request is on record, you will receive an absentee ballot either for a particular election you requested or for all elections that fall within the period of the date of your request and through the next regularly scheduled general election. You will only receive the absentee ballot in those elections for which you are qualified to vote.

For requests already on record by military voters (including spouse and dependent children) absent from their county of residence and overseas civilian voters, the supervisor of elections must send the absentee ballot no later than 45 days before each election.

For absentee ballot requests already on record by all other voters, the supervisor of elections must send out absentee ballots between the 35th and the 28th day before an election.

When you receive your ballot, follow the ballot instructions carefully to ensure that your ballot is properly completed, returned timely and counted. An absentee ballot must be received by the county supervisor of elections of the county of registration no later than 7 p.m. on election day.

Be sure that your signature on your voter registration record is current because if your signature on record does not match the signature on the absentee ballot certificate, your ballot will not be counted.