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Your Vote Matters
We want to help you drown out the noise from the media, keep you up to date with voting information and share resources that might be helpful for you. Follow our steps in voting safely for this upcoming election.
Make sure that you’re registered to vote
If you’re planning to vote by mail
Who can vote by mail
How to apply to vote by mail
Submit an application by mail, fax, or email to your county clerk. You can also contact your county clerk to request that an application be sent to you. An online portal is also now available to request your ballot.
Applications must be received by the county clerk by 5 pm on Oct. 27. We recommend you request as soon as possible, at least two weeks before the election.
Completed ballots must be received by the county clerk no later than 5 pm on Election Day (Nov. 3). Absentee ballots received after 5 pm on Election Day will be counted only if they are postmarked on or before Election Day and received by mail no later than 5 pm on Nov. 6. Ballots without a postmark must be received by Election Day.
- As states make emergency election changes due to COVID-19, we encourage you to return to this page to get more updated information.
- To encourage voting by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic, some states are proactively mailing vote-by-mail ballot applications or actual ballots to all registered or active voters. We recommend that all voters request a vote-by-mail ballot to help ensure that one is sent to their current address.
- Most states have deadlines to apply to vote by mail. We recommend you make the request as soon as possible, and well before the deadline (at least two weeks before) to ensure enough time to receive, vote, and submit a complete ballot.
- Instead of licking ballot envelopes, please use a wet sponge or cloth to seal them.
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Know your rights
- Watch our video about the history of vote by mail.
- To learn more about your voting rights generally visit our Know Your Voting Rights page.
- If you have problems voting or have additional questions, please call the national, non-partisan Election Protection hotline:
- English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
- Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682)
- Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US (1-844-925-5287)
- Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683