Find out about direct early voting, in-person absentee voting and traditional absentee voting before Election Day. Make your vote count and vote early.
Get the vote out now!
You already know you’re busy—and you’re just as likely to be busy Election Day. But don’t miss the opportunity to make your voice heard just because you have to keep your business running on Election Day!
In most states, the small-business community can take advantage of early voting to ensure that its voice is heard. Never should the commitment of running a business come at the expense of exercising one’s right to vote.
What is early voting?
Early voting lets you cast your ballot before Election Day. In one form or another, early voting has now been established in almost every state. There are three primary ways registered voters may cast their ballots early:
- Direct early voting
- Traditional absentee ballot
- In-person absentee ballot
Direct Early Voting
Voters go to the local elections office or designated polls during a specific period of time prior to Election Day to cast ballots in person. Voters will often use a standard voting machine or complete a regular ballot. In most cases, votes will not be tabulated until Election Day.
Traditional Absentee Ballot
Voters typically apply for an absentee ballot from their local elections office by mail. Most states require that voters state a reason for voting absentee. After the elections office receives the application, it sends a ballot to the voter, who returns the completed ballot to the elections office within a designated period of time.
Look Up Absentee Voting in Your State
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
In-person Absentee Ballot
Voters visit the local elections office to request an absentee ballot application. At the elections office, voters complete the application and fill out their ballot in person. In most states that offer in-person absentee, there is no required reason to vote early.