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. To receive updates via email about elections in your area, including changes due to COVID-19, sign up for Rock the Vote’s election reminders.

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Last updated June 4, 2020 at 12:30pm ET.

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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.

Arizona

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Election Changes:

None at this time.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote by mail in Arizona.

Registered voters who have not yet applied for an absentee ballot will receive an absentee ballot application by mail. Pending: reported here, but no official state source yet.

California

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Election Changes:

For the November 3 general election, all counties will send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters. In-person voting opportunities will still be available.

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.

The May 19 Santa Ana Special Recall Election, the June 2 Commerce Special Municipal Election, and the June 2 El Rancho Unified School District Special Recall Election will each be held as all vote-by-mail elections. Local officials can also choose to make limited in-person voting available.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote by mail in California. Some California counties automatically send mail ballots to registered voters. For the November 3 general election, all counties will send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters. In-person voting opportunities will still be available.

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.

The May 5 Pueblo County Special Election will not have any in-person polling locations.

The May 5 Health District of Northern Larimer County Board Election will have only one in-person polling location.

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.

Connecticut

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Election Changes:

The April 28 Presidential Primary, which was previously rescheduled for June 2, is now postponed until August 11. For the August 11 Primary Election, all Connecticut voters can request and receive an absentee ballot using the “his or her illness” reason if there is not a federally approved and widely available vaccine for prevention of COVID-19 at that time.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Voters can usually only vote absentee in Connecticut with an approved excuse. For the August 11 Primary Election, all Connecticut voters can request and receive an absentee ballot using the “his or her illness” reason if there is not a federally approved and widely available vaccine for prevention of COVID-19 at that time.

Absentee ballot applications will be sent to all eligible voters for the primary and general elections. Pre-paid postage will be provided for both absentee ballots and absentee ballot applications.

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. In-person voting sites will require voters to wear masks. Pending: reported here, but no official District source yet.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in D.C. Every registered Washington, D.C. voter will receive an absentee ballot application and a postage-paid return envelope via mail prior to the June 2 Primary Election.

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 and Dade City Municipal Elections are postponed until June 30.

Due to COVID-19 and all candidates running unopposed, the April 14 Zephyrhills Municipal Election is cancelled.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote by mail in Florida.

Georgia

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Election Changes:

The March 24 Presidential Preference Primary, which was originally postponed to May 19, is now postponed until June 9. Subsequently, the Georgia Primary Runoff, Nonpartisan General Runoff, and Special Runoff Election originally scheduled for May 12, have been postponed until Tuesday, August 11.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Georgia. 

Absentee ballot request forms will be mailed to all voters prior to the June 9 Presidential Preference PrimaryCounty elections officials will have the option to install ballot drop boxes for the June 9 primary in addition to receiving ballots by mail.

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.

Idaho

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Election Changes:

The May 19 Primary Election will not be postponed, but will be held as an all vote-by-mail electionand ballots will be accepted through June 2. All registered Idaho voters that have not already requested an absentee ballot will receive an absentee ballot request form via mailIf your official absentee ballot return envelope does not already have postage, free postage is available at participating grocery stores.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Idaho.

For the May 19 Primary Election, all registered Idaho voters that have not already requested an absentee ballot will receive an absentee ballot request form via mail. If your official absentee ballot return envelope does not already have postage, free postage is available at participating grocery stores.

Illinois

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Election Changes:

None at this time.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote by mail in Illinois.

The Illinois legislature has passed a bill that, among other changes, will automatically send an application for a vote-by-mail ballot to any person who has voted in the past two years, in the 2018 general election, the 2019 consolidated election or the 2020 primary election. Anyone who registered to vote after the 2020 primary will also receive an application for a vote-by-mail ballot. Pending: this legislation has not yet been signed by the governor, though he is expected to do so.

Indiana

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Election Changes:

The May 5 Primary is postponed until June 2. Many Indiana localities will have fewer in-person polling places for the June 2 Primary Election. Check with your local election authorities for more information.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Voters can typically only vote absentee-by-mail in Indiana with an approved excuse, but for the June 2 Primary Election, any eligible voter may vote absentee-by-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. As reported here, many Iowa counties will have fewer in-person polling places, so voters are encouraged to vote by mail.

Kentucky

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Election Changes:

The May 19 Primary is postponed until June 23. Free postage will be provided for absentee voting. Pending: reported here, but no official state source yet.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Voters can typically only vote absentee in Kentucky with an approved excuse, but for the June 23 elections, all registered Kentucky voters will be able to vote by mailFree postage will be provided for absentee voting.

Maryland

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Election Changes:

The April 28 Primary is postponed until June 2, and will be conducted as a predominantly vote-by-mail election.

The April 28 7th Congressional District Special General Election will take place via vote-by-mail. Limited in-person voting will be available for voters who cannot vote by mail. Ballot drop boxes will be available at the following locations:

  • Baltimore City
    Edmondson High School
    501 N. Athol Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21229
  • Baltimore City
    Baltimore City Board of Elections
    Benton Office Building
    417 E. Fayette Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Baltimore County
    Martin’s West
    6817 Dogwood Road
    Windsor Mill, MD 21244
  • Baltimore County
    Baltimore County Board of Elections
    11112 Gilroy Road
    Hunt Valley, MD 21031
  • Howard County
    Howard County Fairgrounds
    2210 Fairgrounds Road
    West Friendship, MD 21794
  • Howard County
    Howard County Board of Elections
    9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 200
    Columbia, MD 21046

The May 12 Elkton Municipal Election is postponed. The new election date has not yet been determined.

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 until July 18.

The April 6 Middletown local election is postponed until April 24, and will be held as an all vote-by-mail election.

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.

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 Runoff Election is postponed until June 1.

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. 

Temporary disability due to COVID-19, including being at higher risk of contracting the virus, is considered an approved excuse. County election clerks have the authority to determine who is eligible to vote absentee. Pending: reported here, but no official state source yet.

Missouri

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Election Changes:

The April 7 Municipal Elections are postponed until June 2. Some Missouri counties will have fewer in-person polling places for the June 2 Municipal Elections. Check with your county clerk’s office for more information.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Voters can only vote absentee in Missouri 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. All active Montana voters will receive a ballot by mail automatically – be sure to check your registration status to see if you’re an active voter.

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 July 7 Primary Election will take place primarily by mail voting. All registered voters will receive an absentee ballot application by mail. Pre-paid postage will be provided for all absentee ballots and applications.

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.

The July 7 Primary Election will take place primarily by mail voting. All registered voters will receive an absentee ballot application by mail. Pre-paid postage will be provided for all absentee ballots and applications.

New Mexico

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Election Changes:

Some New Mexico localities will have fewer in-person polling places for the June 2 Primary Election. Although some in-person voting will be available everywhere, voting by mail is recommended. Check with your local election authorities for more information.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in New Mexico.

New York

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Election Changes:

The New York Presidential Primary Election, which was previously cancelled, will take place as planned on June 23 following a judicial decision. The state board of elections plans to appeal the decision, so stay tuned for further updates. Other elections in the state will still take place on June 23 regardless of the status of the presidential primary.

The June 23 state assembly and state senate special elections are cancelled. These offices will be filled at the November 3 general election.

The March 24 Queens Borough President Special Election, which was previously postponed until June 23, is cancelled. This office will be filled at the November 3 general election.

The 37th District City Council Special Election is cancelled, and that office will be filled at the November 3 general election.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Voters can typically only vote absentee in New York with an approved excuse. For the June 23 Primary Election, all voters will be allowed to vote absentee, and all registered voters will receive an absentee ballot application by mail, including a postage-paid return envelope.

North Dakota

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Election Changes:

Following an executive order from the governor lifting the requirement for each county to operate an in-person polling location, all North Dakota counties will hold the June 9 Primary Election as an all vote-by-mail election. See below for more information about applying to vote by mail.

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. (All counties will hold the June 9 Primary Election as an all vote-by-mail election.) In both cases, ballots must be postmarked or submitted in person by the day before the election.

All registered North Dakota voters will receive a mail ballot application, instructions, and a return envelope via mail prior to the June 9 election. If you do not receive an application by May 11th, contact your county auditor.

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. The April 28 Primary will be held as an all vote-by-mail election.

  • If you have a disability and require in-person voting, if you do not have a home mailing address, or if you applied for an absentee ballot but did not receive one before the ballot postmark deadline on April 27, you will be allowed to vote in person on April 28 at boards of elections early vote centers. Please contact your county board of elections for more information.
  • All other voters must vote by mail. Depending on your county, completed absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to your county board of elections or a designated location by 7:30pm on Election Day, April 28.

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

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Election Changes:

Following the State Board of Elections’ authorization for County Elections Boards to reschedule April 7 elections, all April 7 elections have been postponed.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Oklahoma. 

Although the OK Supreme Court recently ruled that absentee ballots were no longer required to be notarized, the governor has now signed new legislation reinstating the requirement. The legislation clarifies that during a state of emergency (including COVID-19), voters can attach a copy of acceptable identification (like a driver’s license) instead of getting their ballot notarized.

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.

Pennsylvania

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Election Changes:

The April 28 Primary Election is postponed until June 2. Some Pennsylvania counties will have fewer in-person polling places for the June 2 Primary Election. Check with your county elections board for more information.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote by mail in Pennsylvania.

South Dakota

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Election Changes:

All elections scheduled to be held from April 14 to May 26 must be postponed to any Tuesday in June. Check with your local elections authority for more information.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in South Dakota. All registered South Dakota voters will receive absentee ballot applications by mail prior to the June 2 Primary Election.

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.

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:

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.

As reported here, a recent Texas Supreme Court decision bars Texas voters from voting absentee due to COVID-19. A federal case on the matter is still pending.

Utah

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Election Changes:

The June 30 primary election will be conducted with no in-person polling places, no in-person early voting, no same-day in-person voter registration, and no voter registration by provisional balloting, with some exceptions for disabled voters.

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.

Vermont

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Election Changes:

None at this time.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Vermont. Following a directive from the secretary of state, Vermont localities now have the option to automatically send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters. Contact your local election authority for more information.

Virginia

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Election Changes:

The June 9 Primary Election is postponed until June 23.

The May 5 General and Special elections are postponed until May 19. Some Virginia localities will have fewer in-person polling places for the May 19 Elections. Check with your local elections authority for more information.

  • The May 5 Lovettsville Town Election, which was previously rescheduled to May 19 by executive order, is postponed until June 4 following a court ruling.
  • The May 5 Middleburg Town Election, which was previously rescheduled to May 19 by executive order, is postponed until June 4 following a court ruling.
  • The May 5 Purcellville Town Election, which was previously rescheduled to May 19 by executive order, is postponed until June 4 following a court ruling.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

Voters can only vote absentee in Virginia with an approved excuse. All voters may choose reason “2A My disability or illness” for absentee voting in the May 2020 elections due to COVID-19. Absentee ballots without witness signatures will be accepted if a voter cannot safely have a witness present while completing their ballot.

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.

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.

Registered WI voters who have not yet applied to vote absentee will receive absentee ballot applications by mail prior to the November general election, unless they are flagged as having potentially moved. Pending: reported here, but the state has not yet finalized the details of the plan.

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.

Many Wyoming localities will have fewer in-person polling places for the August 18 Primary Election. Check with your local elections authority for more information.

Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Rules:

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Wyoming.