COVID-19 Voting Information

As things change to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, make sure you have the latest voting information. Dates and deadlines are changing rapidly, so be sure to check with your state elections authority for the most up-to-date information.

For more information on voting policies by state, visit Rock the Vote’s election center by clicking the “More State Info” button under each state.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website.

Last updated April 9, 2020 at 2pm ET.

Party Conventions

The Democratic National Convention has been rescheduled for the week of August 17.

There are no changes to the Republican National Convention at this time.

California

Get COVID-19 information from your state government here.

Election Changes:

The April 7 Westminster Special Recall Election, the May 12 25th Congressional District Special General Election, and the May 12 28th Senate District Special General Election will each be held as all vote-by-mail elections.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote by mail in California.

Colorado

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Election Changes:

The April 7 Gypsum Municipal Election is postponed until July 7 and will be held as an all vote-by-mail election.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Colorado uses a vote-by-mail system for all elections, meaning that every active voter registered in advance receives a mail ballot. If you are an inactive voter, the county has sent a ballot to your address and it bounced back because you no longer live at that location. To correct this you have to go online or to the county’s office to input your new address. The ballot will be sent to the mailing address you provided for your voter registration file.

District of Columbia

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Election Changes:

The June 2 Primary Election will be held with a limited number of in-person polling locations. Pending: reported here, but no official District source yet.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in D.C.

Florida

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Election Changes:

The April 14 Niceville Special Municipal Election is postponed until July 21.

The April 14 Newberry election is postponed until August 11. Pending: reported here, but no official city source yet.

The April 14 San Antonio, Dade City, and Zephyrhills Municipal Elections are postponed. The new election date has not yet been determined.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote by mail in Florida.

Hawaii

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Election Changes:

The Party-Run Presidential Primary on April 4 will no longer have walk-in voting. An additional round of mailed ballots will be sent to voters who are registered to vote and enrolled with the Democratic Party of Hawaii. Ballots must now be received by May 22.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

As of 2020, Hawaii uses a vote-by-mail system for all elections, meaning that all registered voters will automatically receive ballots in the mail.

Iowa

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Election Changes:

The City of Cedar Falls Special Election, the City of Craig Special Election, and the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors Special Election are all postponed until July 7.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Iowa. Iowa will mail an absentee ballot request form to every registered voter ahead of the June 2 primary, and the absentee ballot request period for that election has been extended through May 22.

Maine

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Election Changes:

The upcoming Kennebunk Special Election is postponed until May 14. Pending: reported here, but no official town source yet.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Maine.

Maryland

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Election Changes:

The April 28 Primary is postponed until June 2.

The April 28 7th Congressional District Special General Election will take place via vote-by-mail.

The May 4 Funkstown Town Election is postponed until August 3. Pending: reported here, but no official town source yet.

The May 2 Keedysville Town Election is postponed. The new date is still to be determined.

The April 6 Middletown local election is postponed until April 24, and will be held as an all vote-by-mail election. Pending: reported here, but no official town source yet.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Maryland.

Massachusetts

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Election Changes:

The March 31 Special Elections in the 2nd Hampden & Hampshire and Plymouth & Barnstable state senate districts are postponed until May 19.

The March 31 Special Elections in the 3rd Bristol & 37th Middlesex state house districts are postponed until June 2.

Local election changes, in alphabetical order by town name:

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Voters can only vote absentee in Massachusetts with an approved excuse. Precautions related to COVID-19 are considered an approved excuse.

Michigan

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Election Changes:

None at this time.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Michigan. 

Michigan will send absentee ballot applications to all voters for the May 5 elections.

Mississippi

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Election Changes:

The March 31 2nd Congressional District Primary Runoff Election is postponed until June 23.

The April 21 House District 88 Special Election is postponed until June 23.

The March 17 Petal Alderman-at-Large Special Election is postponed until June 1. Pending: reported here, but no official city source yet. 

The April 7 Natchez Municipal Primary Election is postponed until May 12. The runoff election, if necessary, will take place on June 2 and the general election will take place on June 12. Pending: reported here, but no official city source yet.

The April 7 Aberdeen City Primary Election is postponed until May 5. The runoff election scheduled for April 21 will be held May 19, and the general election scheduled for May 5 will be held June 2. Pending: reported here, but no official city source yet.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Voters can only vote absentee in Mississippi with an approved excuse.

Montana

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Election Changes:

All Montana counties will hold the June 2 Primary Election as an all vote-by-mail election. Reported here; check with your county election authority for further details.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Montana.

New Jersey

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Election Changes:

The June 2 Primary Election is postponed until July 7.

The March 21 Old Bridge Township Fire District 1 Special Election, the March 31 West Amwell Township Special Election, the March 31 Atlantic City Special Election, and the April 21 school board elections are all postponed until May 12.

All May 12 elections, including those previously scheduled and those recently rescheduled, will be held as all vote-by-mail elections.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote by mail in New Jersey.

North Dakota

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Election Changes:

The June 9 Ward County Primary Election will be held as an all vote-by-mail election.

The June 9 elections in Burleigh and Morton counties will be held as all vote-by-mail elections. Pending: reported here, but no official county sources yet.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

North Dakota offers both vote-by-mail and absentee voting, depending on the county. No excuse is needed to vote by mail or absentee in North Dakota. Certain counties in North Dakota are vote-by-mail, in which case a blank ballot is automatically sent to voters 40-50 days before the election. In counties that are not vote-by-mail, you must apply for an absentee ballot. In both cases, ballots must be postmarked or submitted in person by the day before the election.

Ohio

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Election Changes:

The March 17 Ohio Primary Election is extended through April 28. Voters will be able to continue to vote by mail until that date.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Ohio. All registered voters will receive a postcard prior to the April 28 primary with information about how to apply to vote by mail.

Oklahoma

Oregon

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Election Changes:

None at this time.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote by mail in Oregon. All registered voters will automatically be sent ballots in the mail two to three weeks before an election. Military and other out-of-state voters should contact their local elections office to obtain an absentee ballot if they will be away from home on election day.

Texas

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Election Changes:

The May 26 Runoff Primary Election and the May 2 Senate District 14 Special Election are postponed until July 14.

The May 2 City of Montgomery Elections are postponed until November 3.

As reported here, the Texas Secretary of State has recommended all local officials postpone their May 2 elections if they have not already done so, though no official order has been issued.

Local election changes, in alphabeltical order by locality name:

  • All upcoming Brazoria County elections are postponed until November 3. Pending: reported here, but no official county source yet.
  • The Fair Oaks Ranch, Kirby, and Somerset City Elections are postponed until November 3. Pending: reported here, but no official city sources yet.
  • The May 2 Frisco City Council Election is postponed until November 3. Pending: reported here, but no official city source yet.
  • The May 2 Galveston local elections are postponed. The new date has not yet been set. Pending: reported here, but no official city source yet.
  • All May 2 Grayson County city and school elections have been postponed or cancelled. The following cities have postponed their May 2 elections until November 3: Bells ISD, City of Bells, City of Collinsville, Gunter ISD, City of Gunter, Howe ISD, Pottsboro ISD, S&S Consolidated ISD, City of Southmayd, City of Tioga, City of Tom Bean, Tom Bean ISD, Whitesboro ISD, City of Whitesboro, Whitewright ISD, City of Whitewright, and Sherman ISD. The following cities have cancelled their May elections because all candidates are running unopposed: Collinsville ISD, City of Dorchester, City of Howe, City of Pottsboro, Tioga ISD, Van Alstyne ISD, City of Van Alstyne, Denison ISD, and City of Denison.
  • The May 2 Helotes General Election is postponed until November 3.
  • The May 2 Leon Valley elections are postponed until November 3.
  • The May 2 McKinney Special Recall Election is postponed until November 3. Pending: reported here, but no official city source yet.
  • The May 2 Port Isabel Municipal Election is postponed until November 3. Pending: reported here, but no official city source yet.
  • The May 2 San Marcos Special Election is postponed. The new election date has not yet been determined.
  • The May 2 Victoria General Election is postponed until November 3. Pending: reported here, but no official city source yet.

In addition, several Texas counties will postpone their administration of local elections. Localities within those counties can decide whether to go ahead with the election on their own, or to postpone the election. Check with your local election authorities for more details.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Voters can only vote by mail in Texas with an approved excuse.

Utah

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Election Changes:

None at this time.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

As of 2020, all counties in Utah will conduct vote-by-mail elections. If you are affiliated with the Democratic Party, you will automatically receive a Democratic mail ballot. If you are affiliated with the Republican Party, you will automatically receive a Republican mail ballot. If you are not affiliated with a party (unaffiliated), your county clerk will mail you a letter several weeks before the election that will allow you to request either a Democratic or Republican mail ballot.

Virginia

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Election Changes:

The June 9 Primary Election is postponed until June 23.

The governor has requested that the state legislature postpone the May General Election and all special elections scheduled for May 5 to November 3, but the legislature has not yet taken action.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Voters can only vote absentee in Virginia with an approved excuse. Voters may choose reason “2A My disability or illness” for absentee voting in the May 2020 elections due to COVID-19.

Washington

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Election Changes:

None at this time.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Washington uses a vote-by-mail system for all elections, meaning all registered voters will automatically receive a ballot in the mail at least 18 days before each election.

West Virginia

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Election Changes:

The May 12 Primary Election is postponed until June 9.

The June 2 Nitro City Elections are postponed until July 9. Pending: reported here, but no official city source yet.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Voters can only vote absentee/by mail in West Virginia with an approved excuse. Voters may choose the reason “Illness, injury or other medical reason which keeps me confined” for the June 9 Primary Election due to COVID-19. All West Virginia voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application for the June 9 Primary Election.

Wisconsin

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Election Changes:

The Wisconsin Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary Election is taking place on April 7. Several cities will operate limited polling places. If you have any questions about how the election is being conducted in light of COVID-19 or need more information please contact your municipal clerk.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Wisconsin.

For the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that completed absentee ballots must be hand delivered by 8 p.m. April 7 or postmarked by April 7 and received by 4 p.m. on April 13 to be counted. Additionally, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s decision and ruled that all absentee ballots must have the required witness signature and address in order to be counted.

If witness information was not included on your submitted absentee ballot you can appear with the original witness at your municipal clerk’s office or polling place on April 7 to correct the absentee certificate envelope. If you have not received your requested absentee ballot, please contact your municipal clerk to be emailed a printable ballot.

Wyoming

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Election Changes:

The in-person portion of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Preference Caucus, as well as county conventions, are suspended. Voters are highly encouraged to vote by mail; as of now, voters may still vote via ballot pickup and drop off on March 28 and April 4. Mail-in voting has been extended to April 17.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Wyoming.