How do absentee and mail ballots work?
The specific rules for each state vary, but here are the general steps to voting by mail.
- Register to vote.
- Request a ballot from your election official.
- Receive a blank ballot in the mail from your local election official.
- Return the voted ballot on or before election day.
In some states there is a difference between "absentee" and "vote by mail" or "mail-in voting" but the VoteAmerica tool works for either one, regardless of your state.