Absentee Voting


Removing the requirement to state a specific reason for voting by absentee ballot is a recent improvement to election law. This change may increase the burden on boards of elections because of increased numbers of ballots that must be processed by hand, but it will increase accessibility to voting for a broad range of people who cannot, for a variety of reasons, get to the polls on Election Day.

Unfortunately, the benefits of this change were diminished somewhat by another change that requires every absentee ballot to be accompanied by identification. This burden falls most heavily on those who are least able to appear in person at the polling place.

You may contact your county Board of Elections with questions about absentee voting. Visit the Secretary of State’s web site for a list of all county Boards of Elections and their contact information.