Early voting permits citizens to cast ballots
in person at a polling place prior to Election Day.
Sometimes circumstances might make it difficult or impossible for you to vote on Election Day, or maybe you want to avoid the lines on Election Day. In states that permit no-excuse early voting, a voter does not have to provide an excuse for being unable to vote on Election Day and you can vote on specified dates prior to Election Day.
If a state does not have early voting, they may have absentee voting (in person or by mail), which may allow you to cast your vote early as well. Absentee voting will require you to obtain an absentee ballot and may require an excuse accepted by your state.
For the most updated information on early voting dates, early voting polling locations, and hours, we recommend using the information provided to you by your state election office.
The following states permit early voting.
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia