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Request a Ballot by State

2020 Guide for how to request a mail in ballot

State by State Instructions

As of August 27, 2020

The 2020 General Election on November 3 is critically important and is in the midst of a pandemic. 

Students living outside of their county are typically eligible for Absentee Ballots, while many states have expanded Vote by Mail in light of our public health crisis.  We are dedicated to helping our students who are eligible to vote be empowered to exercise their franchise.

Please note! There are concerns about post office delays.  If you are going to vote absentee, request and return your ballot as early as possible.  Also, you might consider dropping your ballot off by hand if you are voting from your permanent address.  Information is included.

On this site, you will find the information you need arranged by state.  Please note that states are changing their processes to address the  pandemic and check back for those that have not yet decided.  

I don't have a printer

Many states require printed forms.  If you do not have a printer, will print your absentee ballot application and mail it to you with a pre-paid envelope. On this site, you can verify your registration, register, request an Mail-in Ballot.

Some states require copies of your IDs.  If you are in one of these states and don''t have a printer, the organization will print copies, print your forms and send everything to you with a pre-address and paid envelope.  Also, if you do not have an acceptable ID, Voteriders will help you get one.


  •  Verify your registration 
    • If you are not registered or have been purged from the rolls, register
  • If you are away from your home county because you are in school, request an Absentee Ballot
  • If you are living at home, see if your state is going to automatically send you a ballot.  If not, see if there is either no-excuse Absentee Ballots or if there is a COVID excuse that fits you.  Request your ballot.
  • Research all your races.
  •  Review all of the ballot instructions when they arrive and follow them exactly. 
    • Be sure that you include the right amount of postage and, if unsure, err on the side of an extra stamp. 
    • Pay attention to how to put the envelopes together - often you put your ballot in a sealed envelope and  put the sealed envelope in another envelope that may include an affidavit, a copy of ID, and be sealed with a signature, maybe the signature of a witness.
    • Pay special attention to whether the ballot must be RECEIVED or POSTMARKED by a particular day.  Give your ballot as long a window as possible to arrive [find a post office/postal box -]..  Consider hand-delivering if that is an option.