How vote by mail works in all 50 states for Election Day 2020

Knowing how your state is handling mail-in ballots for the presidential election this November will help you decide how and when to

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Virginia: While the state allows any registered voter to request a mail-in ballot, in a normal election year, absentee voters are required to have a witness present while voting.

Massachusetts: Another state that normally requires an excuse to receive a mail-in ballot, Massachusetts for the November election is extending absentee voting to all registered voters.

Delaware: For its July primary, the state allowed any voter who was self-quarantining or practicing social distancing to cast an absentee ballot and extended the provision for the fall election. District of Columbia: D. C. voters can request an absentee ballot without an excuse.

Oregon: Oregon was the first state, in 2000, to move to an all postal election — where every registered voter receives a mail-in ballot — and will conduct its elections this year by mail.

For November, the state will run a "hybrid" election and mail an absentee ballot to all registered voters.

South Carolina: For its June primary election, the state allowed any registered voter to cast a mail-in ballot without an excuse.

New York: Normally requiring an excuse to vote by mail, for its June primary, the state modified its rules and allowed any voter to send in an absentee ballot to avoid coming in contact with the virus.

West Virginia: While the state normally requires an excuse to vote by mail, for its June primary election, West Virginia opened absentee voting to all voters because of the pandemic.

For a July run-off election, a judge blocked that requirement, and for the general election, the state issued an emergency rule that allows any qualified voter to request an absentee ballot.

Connecticut: Normally requiring an excuse to vote by mail, Connecticut will allow any voter to receive an absentee ballot for the November election.

California: For the November general election the state will send a mail-in ballot to all registered voters prior to the election.

Florida: The state allows any registered voter to request an absentee ballot without a reason.

Vermont: For the November election, the state will mail absentee ballots to all registered voters.

Wisconsin: The state lets registered voters request an absentee ballot for any reason.

Arizona: The state is one of many that offers no-excuse absentee voting, which means any Arizonan can request a one-time or permanent mail-in ballot without needing to give a reason.

North Carolina: The state lets any registered voter request a mail-in ballot without an excuse.

Michigan: The state allows any registered voter to request a mail-in ballot, with a reason.

Nebraska: Another "no-excuse" state, any registered voter can request an absentee ballot.

New Hampshire: To allow any registered voters to cast a ballot by mail and not risk infection, New Hampshire changed its voting rules this spring to allow any voter to vote by mail.

North Dakota: The state lets any resident who’s lived a voting precinct for 30 days prior to an election to request a mail-in ballot.

The state’s Board of Election Commissioners said concern about COVID-19 is a valid excuse to request an absentee ballot.

Maryland: Any registered voter may vote by mail-in ballot in the state without a reason.

Ohio: Any registered voter in Ohio can request a mail-in ballot for the November election.

Kentucky: For the general election this fall, any registered voter can request an absentee ballot.

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