Election Deadlines and Dates to Mark in Your Calendar 

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From voter registration deadlines to presidential debates, we’ve got you covered. 

In the U.S. 2016 general election, about 40% of eligible voters didn’t cast a ballotAmong the most-cited reasons for not voting were disliking the candidates or campaign issues and not feeling like their votes would make a difference, according to 2017 Pew Research Center analysis 

Other reasons were logistical in nature—they were too busy, were traveling, faced problems registering or simply forgot to vote. Some effective ways to help sidestep these problems are to register early, mark voting deadlines in your calendar, and check whether your state allows early voting and online registration, so you can register and vote when it fits your schedule best 

To make it a bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of national and state deadlines for the 2020 general election. All you have to do now is pencil them in. You’ll also want to double-check your polling location and hours, which could be altered due COVID-19.

 

Important Dates for the Election

  • National Voter Registration Day – Sept. 22 
  • First presidential debate – Sept. 29 
  • Vice presidential debate – Oct. 7 
  • Second presidential debate – Oct. 15 
  • Third presidential debate – Oct. 22 
  • National Vote Early Day – Oct. 24 
  • General Election – Nov. 3 

State Deadlines

Click on your state to find your registration deadlines. 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming 

Alabama

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 19 
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 29 

Alaska 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 4 
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 24 for mailed ballot; Nov. 2 for online or faxed ballot.

Arizona 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 23 

Arkansas 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 27 for mailed or emailed request; Nov. 2 for in-person request. 

California 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 19 for mail-in registration; Oct. 20 for online registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee BallotBallot automatically mailed. 

Colorado*

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 26 to request a postal ballotNov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Voters are automatically sent ballot by mail.
*All-mail voting 

Connecticut 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 27
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Nov. 2  

Delaware 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 10
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Nov. 2 

District of Columbia 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 13Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Automatically mailed to every registered voter.

Florida 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 24 for mailed request; Oct. 31 for in-person request.

Georgia 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 30 

Hawaii*

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 27
*All-mail voting 

Idaho 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 9Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 23 

Illinois 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 6 (plus a registration “grace period” through Election Day.); Oct. 18 for online registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 29 for mailed request; Nov. 2 for in-person request.

Indiana 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 22 for mailed request; Nov. 2 for in-person request.

Iowa 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 24Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 30 

Kansas

 General Registration Deadline: Oct. 13
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 27 

Kentucky

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct 27 

Louisiana 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 30 

Maine

General Registration Deadline: There is no cutoff date for registering to vote in person at your town office or city hall. If you want to register to vote by mail or through a voter registration drive, the cutoff date is the close of business on the 21st day before the election.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 31 

Maryland

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 13
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 27 for mailed request; Oct. 30 for online request; Nov. 3 for in-person request. 

Massachusetts

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 24
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 28 

Michigan 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 19 for registration online and by mail; Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 30 

Minnesota

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 13 for registration online and by mail; Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Nov. 2 

Mississippi 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5 
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: No deadline.

Missouri

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 7
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 21 

Montana 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5 for mail-in registration; Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration. 
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Nov. 2 

Nebraska

 General Registration Deadline: Oct. 16 for online and mail-in registration; Oct. 23 for in-person registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 23 

Nevada 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 6 for in-person and mail-in registration; Oct. 29 for online registration; Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Automatically mailed to every registered voter.

New Hampshire 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 27Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Nov. 2 

New Jersey

 General Registration Deadline: Oct. 13
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Automatically mailed to every active, registered voter.

New Mexico 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 6
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 20 

New York 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 9
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Nov. 2 for in-person request.

North Carolina 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 9
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 27 

North Dakota 

General Registration Deadline: Not required
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Nov. 2 

Ohio 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 31 

Oklahoma 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 9
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 27 

Oregon*

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 13
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 29
*All-mail voting 

Pennsylvania

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 19
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 27 

Rhode Island 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 4
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 13 

South Carolina 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 2 for in-person registration; Oct. 4 for onlineemail or fax registration; Oct. 5 for mail-in registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 30 

South Dakota 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 19
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Nov. 2 

Tennessee

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 27 

Texas 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 23 

Utah 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 23
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Automatically mailed to active, registered voters.

Vermont 

General Registration Deadline: Nov. 3
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Nov. 2 

Virginia

 General Registration Deadline: Oct. 13
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 23 for mailed request; Oct. 31 for in-person request.

Washington*

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 26 for mail-in and online registration; Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 26 for in-person request.
*All-mail voting 

West Virginia 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 13
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 28 

Wisconsin 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 14 for mail-in and online registration; Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Oct. 29 for mailed request; Oct. 30 for inperson request.

Wyoming 

General Registration Deadline: Oct. 19Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day registration.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Nov. 3 


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