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Absentee Voting

Who may apply for an absentee ballot?

  • Any registered voter can vote absentee.

How do I apply for and vote an absentee ballot?

  • You must request an absentee ballot from your county clerk/election commissioner in person or by mail.

How do I apply by mail?

When may I apply for an absentee ballot?

  • Your county clerk/election commissioner may accept applications for absentee ballots 120 days before an election.

When can I request an absentee ballot?

  • The first day to accept applications for county clerks/election commissioner is 120 days before an election, although, they cannot be voted until 35 days before the election.
  • The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is at 4 p.m. on May 5th for the Primary election and not later than 4 p.m. on October 27th for the General election, although, the last day to vote absentee in your local election office is the day before the election.

When is my absentee ballot due if I return it by mail

  • The county clerk/election commissioner must receive absentee ballots returned by mail by 8 p.m. CST on election day.