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Vote By Mail and Absentee Voting

Vote by Mail

(nytimes, Where Americans Can Vote by Mail in the 2020 Elections, Aug. 14, 2020)

  • What is the difference between absentee voting and mail-in voting?

    • Symantically they are different but the phrases are often used interchangably.  
    • According to reporting by the Washington Post, "...'at the end of the day, these are systems for delivering ballots to voters.'"
  • Am I eligible to request an absentee or vote by mail ballot? (see map above)

    • In North Carolina - NC is a "no excuse" state.  Any voter registered in NC can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail
    • State's that require an excuse to be eligible for absentte voting:
      • New York
      • Indiana
      • Tennessee
      • South Carolina
      • Mississippi
        • A bill passed the state legislature in July expanding Mississippi's "physical disability threshold to include any voter 'under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 during the year 2020 or is caring for a dependent who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19'." 
      • Louisianna
      • Texas 
  • How do I request my absentee and vote by mail ballot?


  • How do I fill out my abentee ballot?
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  • When and how do I need to return my absentee or vote by mail ballot?

    • USPS info here:
      • "We recommend that domestic, non-military voters mail their completed ballots before Election Day and at least one week prior to your state’s deadline. We also recommend that voters request ballots at the earliest point allowable but no later than 15 days prior to the election date."!