Early voting in person is available today – Sept 21 – in these states:
* Voting absentee in person (a bit of an oxymoron) started on September 9 in Alabama
Always check your state and county websites for specific information about voting times and voting locations.
Early voting in person starts on Thursday – Sept 24 – in Michigan.
Early voting in person starts on Thursday – Sept 24 – in SOME COUNTIES in Illinois.
Missouri does not offer an early voting period. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot/mail-in ballot by mail or by visiting your local election office – beginning on Sept 22.
Remember, if you vote – in person or drop it off or put it in the mail – stop by and post a comment in the I Voted post. It’s in the sidebar on computers and in the hamburger menu on mobile.
If you know the date for early voting, and your state isn’t on one of these lists yet, let me know in the comments:
Massachusetts early voting starts October 17
GA early voting: October 12 – October 30
Ohio starts on October 6
Florida early voting: October 24 – 31 (Oct 19 in some places!)
Maine early voting: October 5 – 30
Texas early voting: October 13 – October 30.
RI early voting begins October 14.
California: October 5 – November 2
Arizona: October 7th
Kentucky: October 13th
New Mexico: Oct 17 – 31
North Carolina: Oct 15 – 31
Missouri: September 22
Nevada: October 17 – 30
Colorado: October 19
West Virginia: Oct 21 – Oct 31
I early voted back in 2008 and 2012 (was ill for the 2012 primary) and I can’t say enough good about it. Dropping that ballot in the box and not having to think about Election night, no long lines, and no anxiety was worth it. The feeling of not being rushed is worth it, and knowing if something went wrong, I could come back the next day if necessary.
This time I will have to vote absentee because I’m too high risk to stand in line, and the drop box is all the way across town. Kathleen, I need a ride to the drop box….but I’m voting as soon as it comes in.
Also, absentee voting in Mississippi. I’ll be doing so on Friday.
Maryland – ” The early voting period runs from Monday, October 26, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.”
Barbara has the honor of being our first voter for today, and her comment has been “sticker-ed” in the I Voted! thread. (In the sidebar and in the hamburger menu on mobile.)
Also, good news from J_A in that thread, which I will copy here:
Good job Harris County!
BC in Illinois
My wife, her sister, and I will be voting tomorrow at the St. Louis County Election Board Headquarters at Northwest Plaza. Being registered septuagenarians, we can claim health reasons [Covid] for voting early. No notary, no fuss.
I could say it in positive terms, but deep down I’m voting against Trump (R – aspiring potentate), Rep. Ann Wagner (R – safe Republican vote), and Gov. Parson (R – worthless pile). And against a pro-gerrymandering amendment resolution.
I hope there’s not a tremendous line, because I want to get this done.
I hope there IS a tremendous line, because that would mean people are taking this seriously.
We have created multi-day voting for most states, it should just be standard and national.
Texas early voting starts on Tuesday October 13th but only runs through Friday October 30th.
Registration deadline is October 5th.
We don’t have early in-person voting here in PA, but since the state supremes made their decisions on all the outstanding ballot issues late last week, ballots for mail-in voting are being printed as we speak. We should get ours in the mail some time between late this week and late next week. John and I have determined that we will fill them out the same day we get them and take them down to the county elections office the next day. Our mail comes too late in the day to get them there that day, but the next day is just as good.
AOC said “I am voting early and in person. What’s your plan?”
But then a guy who writes for the Federalist, David Marcus, replies “Is AOC breaking the law here?”
He thought she meant she was voting twice.
Thank God for wingnut welfare, otherwise these Federalist intellectuals would be homeless.
My polling place moved this year and is now only three buildings away from mine. I am, nevertheless, planning on voting early at the city clerks office as soon as in-person absentee begins in in WI (Oct.13).
Same for my wife and me. We have been early voting the last 2-3 cycles and it’s great, although this year I think I want to find out how our votes are counted here in my red state. (We can vote starting Oct. 6)
My Indiana congressional district is the key race identified by real clear politics (the Fightin’ 5th!). I’ve suffered through a couple decades of Dan Burton (remember the nut who had a watermelon shot at to “prove” something about the Clintons) and after that a sane but placeholder R woman, who is now retiring. Candidates this year are D Christina Hale and R Victoria Spartz. Hale, a single mother, served in our statehouse, got bipartisan bills passed, etc. Spartz grew up in the USSR–Ukraine, met her husband, a local Indiana farmer on a train in Europe, etc. She loves ‘merica and takes the angle of how bad socialism is, trying to equate that with our Dems.
I bring all this up to say that if this race is tight (and one August poll I found had Hale (D) at 47% to the R at 40%), things are definitely changing for the best in this mostly suburban district (it’s those white suburban mothers again). Because in 2018 election the margin of victory for the R was 70,000. If 70,000+ votes are changing sides here in a red congressional district in Indiana, this will be a national blue tsunami.
Be aware that early voting dates can vary by county as well. In New Mexico statewide it has to start no later than October 17th, but here in Los Alamos County its starting October 6th.
I swear, conservatives all have subhuman IQs.
We haven’t voted yet, and are still figuring out the best approach.
In Virginia if one requests an absentee ballot by mail, then one must bring that ballot with them if they vote early in person. Otherwise, they will have to take a provisional ballot (and demonstrate their ability to vote within a few days).
At the moment, we’re thinking of requesting an absentee ballot and dropping it of when the satellite offices are open on October 14 (or shortly thereafter). There’s been little drop-off in in-person voting at the main Government Center, so in-person voting is not appealing at the moment. And being able to drop off a live ballot will remove any concerns about the USPS or other delays.
@germy: Fucking idiots. And they have been beating us. (shakes head)
Not any more.
Per USPS Delivery Notice, our ballots should be arriving today. Provided that’s accurate, I’m planning to drop off our completed ballots on Wednesday morning. I’m actually working in the office that day, since we have a 4th year pharmacist student on campus that needs supervision, per our higher ups.
@germy: AOC is breaking the law… of my heart!
Early voting in NY is 10/24-11/1. I’ll be there
I’m still somewhat flummoxed that early voting in GA begins on a Federal Holiday. No other state starts their voting on Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day. I keep thinking it’s a mistake, and someone in the Secretary of State’s office will notice on about October 8 and scramble to change things and fuck over a bunch of people whose voting plan had VOTE October 12. (My own voting plan is to early vote in person on October 13.)
You and me both. My day-of polling place is literally across the street from me, but the early polling place is only 3 blocks away, so still WINNING.
@mad citizen: I sent your comment to DougJ. Crossing my fingers in the hopes that he will put up a thermometer for this!
Apropos of nothing, why does Mike Pence always look like a guy who has just this second awakened from a decade long coma whose very first conscious thought is “Does someone have hold of my balls?”
Sorry, what were we talking about? Voting? Very good idea.
Florida-I have requested mail ballot again. It is supposed to be mailed out by September 24th (this week!). I plan on filling it out immediately and taking it in. I can take it to an early voting location or Supervisor of Elections. I did the supervisor for the primary. The early voting starts October 24th statewide but counties are allowed to start sooner and mine does on October 19th. Counting of mail in starts 22 days before the election and I can see the status online in case there is a signature or other issue. I think that is October 12.
@Tony Jay: Every time I see your nym, I know I’m about to have at least a chuckle at your way with words, if not a full on belly laugh.
My housemates mother (86) lives in SW VA so I emailed him the information on early voting for their county so he could tell her next time they talked. He talked to her Saturday evening and was telling her about early voting but turns out she and his brother had already voted!!!
Then it’s up to me to try harder.
1) Three Republicans walk into a bar….
3) …and that’s why most barstools have three legs.
I know, I know, but it’s very bleak and depressing over here.
@StringOnAStick: Me too! Love @Tony Jay! I can substitute Drumpf for Johnson and it’s usually accurate about us, too.
@Another Scott: I took the liberty of bolding one of your paragraphs.
I wanted to be sure that “skimmers” would know that in Virginia, like Illinois, if you request the vote by mail ballot, you must bring that ballot with you if you want to vote in person.
Otherwise, you get a provisional ballot, which is obviously not as good.
@Tony Jay: Do you remember Elvis Costello’s brilliant song about Margaret Thatcher, “Tramp the Dirt Down?” Of course you do. Just think, when the time comes, how much more dirt there will be to tramp down on Boris’s grave.
Thanks to all who are supplying dates for early voting in their states. I am updating the info up top as I read.
Gin & Tonic
Don’t all you early voters think it’d be wise to wait until after at least the first debate? I mean, the President could be cogent and persuasive and convince you to vote for him.
@Gin & Tonic: While it is possible, my developing flying butt monkeys is more likely, so I will take that chance. Plus, our start date is after the debate.
Even if it’s an ‘anarchist zone’?
Will be turning your Voting Plans into Illustrations to help inspire others. We’re over 75, soon to be 80, in the sidebar. Yay, BJ Voters!
Just post right here in this thread and you get an Illustration.
(If you’ve already posted and don’t want an Illustration that will inspire others, let me know. Just click on my nym to go to PostCardPatriots.com to email.)
@WaterGirl: Thank you from the Fightin’ 5th of Indiana!
When that horrible old creature finally crossed over to join the rest of the Nazgûl there was a concerted effort to get Costello’s poignant meditation on her awfulness back to Number One in the charts. Many pearls were clutched across the nation, but the general consensus was he didn’t go far enough.
When Johnson’s fat-encrusted ticker lets out its terminal parp I imagine not many people are going to care, and even fewer will be bothered travelling all the way to suburban Moscow to piss on his grave.
Failure in life, failure in death. Consistent for the first time ever.
@Tony Jay: Well, that’s the last time I try to cheer you up.
Just One More Canuck
@germy: And then he did it again just now, when Hillary retweeted AOC
Holy crap, is he stupid
Oh god. Just read over at Pierce’s joint that Hans van Spakovsky is running the Trump voter suppression group. Why can’t these losers ever disappear after they get humiliated again and again?
@Just One More Canuck: Maybe, but he probably knows that most people he wants to reach won’t dig into his accusation but will take it at face value.
@geg6: No one else wants them. These grifters are unemployable and unelectable by anyone. So they do the only thing they can do.
@Another Scott: Thanks for the information regarding the satellite voting locations! So my plan will be to go vote early at the satellite location closest to me (which means waiting until October but not having to drive out to Fairfax is good; also less likely to have the RWNJs out at the satellite office in my opinion)
@Omnes Omnibus: The thing that always bugged me about that song was the similarity of the tune in the verses to Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.”
@MazeDancer: I’d already posted in one of these threads and got my plan immortalized at PostCardPatriots, and then I forgot about it. Was wondering how to make it happen and was surprised to discover I was already there!
I’m British and ‘of the Left’. It was always a wasted effort.
But they say it’s the thought that counts.
@geg6: It kind of reminds me of the sealionish sort of internet arguers who will still pop up with a 43rd minor variant of their case after you’ve smacked down the previous 42 with math and links to sources. And when you finally get tired of it and the fight dies down, they’ll come back again with version 1.
Trigger Warning; Ad contains footage of “baby trump” inflatable.
The don’t have the skills to do anything else productive with their lives. I mean, would YOU hire someone as vile and full of smarmy flop sweat as Hans van Spakovsky? He’s like a Ted Cruz with less charisma if that is possible to imagine.
The ACLU has a reporting tool if your in-person voting polling place is being surrounded or otherwise impeded by people who don’t want you to be able to vote:
Thanks to everyone voting early and/or in person!
@Matt McIrvin: Yep! They are all here in the sidebar:
Taking Action: Things We Can Do
Voting Plan Illustrations
Also, every person who votes early frees up the polling places for those people who can only vote on Election Day itself. Shorter lines, and faster processing of votes help, too.
Also: Hans van Spakovsky: the most debilitating thing for the Right has been is enable a whole slew of grifters and welfare leeches. As long as they talk a good game, that’s all that matters. We may be fortunate that they rely on these people, because people with competence might have made things worse. Wingnut welfare is what they try to make the citizen benefits kind out to be. Ordinary citizens have to look for work under a certain age, or go to school, or do something productive. Hans never has to do any of that, and probably not even report his earnings to his benefactors, or show any kind of success.
Mike in NC
Fat Bastard only hires the nastiest Nazis!
Just One More Canuck
@Baud: you’re probably right, but it just so childish
@germy: I just added that to the Election Action! menu in the sidebar for easy access.
As a note to my fellow MO residents, the state is making distinctions between Absentee and mail-in ballots. It looks like it boils down to you must provide a reason for requesting an absentee ballot or voting absentee in person but can request a mail-in ballot without providing a reason.
Most Absentee ballots need to be notarized but the notary can’t charge for the server. All mail-in ballots must be notarized but the notary is allowed to charge. Here is the list of notaries who have committed to not charge for mail-in ballots.
If you have registered to vote by mail and are requesting an absentee ballot and have not voted in person previously you must provide a copy of your ID. Acceptable forms of ID include:
This identification requirement, as well as the notary requirement for absentee ballots, does not apply to overseas voters, those on active military duty or members of their immediate family living with them or voters who are permanently disabled and their caregivers.
Most everyone can request a mail-in ballot. It must be notarized in the specific way required and if you send it in wrong they will call it a spoiled ballot and they are not providing a method of curing. The reasons for requesting an absentee ballot are limited. It requires jumping through many of the same hoops as what is being classified as mail-in balloting. Envelope must be returned correctly, notarization, et. al. Again, no method to cure a spoiled ballot.
An absentee ballot may be returned by hand to the Election Authority for your county. A mail-in ballot MUST be returned via mail.
None of this is designed to be as confusing as possible. <sarcasm>
@Gin & Tonic:
After what I’ve seen of the GOP the past decade, the only thing that’d get me to vote for one of them – for any office in the land, down to dogcatcher – would be for them to raise my zombified corpse and command it to shamble down to the ballot box to pull the lever for them.
And because I wouldn’t put it past them to try that, I’m leaving instructions for my remains to be cremated and scattered/interred in various locations on two separate continents.
@germy: That’s a great ad!
There go two miscreants
@germy: Much better than footage of the Orange Turd himself!
Good ad too.
@BC in Illinois:
Am signed up to be election judge so I have my reason to vote absentee. Will be doing so later this week or early next. The spouse’s coven leader has specifically forbid dying of stupidity so she has her religious reason for voting absentee. We’re enthusiastically voting for Jill.
@Danielx: The hamburger menu is the 3 horizontal bars top right in the image. If you click on it, it expands to show the menu items.
@BC in Illinois: I live in MO & will be voting early in-person absentee. You need to give a reason for it. Acceptable reasons include being away from your polling jurisdiction on election day & as BC said in his comment this year also mobility & medical issues (having comorbidities) associated with Covid-19. In the past, I have either been out of town or working the polls on election day (away from my assigned polling location) so that was my reason for voting this way. Then one of the elections last year, I thought I would be out of town so I voted & then the trip was changed. That changed my thinking. After all, a trip might come up which seems just as likely as one being cancelled. So now I am just saying I won’t be in my polling jurisdiction on election day because I may not, right? Btw, I do know a couple folks who either drive from StL City to StL County or vice versa on election day which makes them feel better (and makes that a true statement although they aren’t spending all day there) about saying they will be out of their polling jurisdiction on election day. Whatever works.
I am voting a week from Wednesday (Sept. 30) in order to let the initial rush slow down a little.
What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us?
@Omnes Omnibus: I’ve had that album since college. Until Trump I thought Dick Cheney was the only guy I’d apply it to…but now there’s Trump and Moscow Mitch too.
He probably understood when he wrote it, but ratfucking republicans know no boundaries.
My GA mail in ballot is en route. I will be placing it in one of the county voting drop boxes pretty soon thereafter.
@trnc: Problem is, when they play dumb, they just sound dumb.
@GregMulka: Good grief.
GAAAH! I thought for a moment you meant Jill Stein.
Last week I said I was going to vote at the Fairfax County Government Center early this week, after the “First!” people last Friday. But with the teeming hordes not abating—a good thing!—I am going to wait another week or two.
Sounds like he thought AOC was planning to do what Donald Trump has repeatedly told his base to do – Vote absentee, then in person.
I’m sure he was just as critical of Trump’s comments.
I added a link to these Early Voting threads under Election Action! in the sidebar. That should make it easy to see which states start voting on which days, or to go back and find things like the details about Virginia voting from Another Scott, or the crazy Missouri details from GregMulka.
If you think of anything else election-related that should be added to that menu, please let me know!
Let’s hope there’s a tremedous line that forms right behind you.
@Gin & Tonic:
This gives me a pit in my stomach.
MA makes that distinction too–but in the case of MA, I think it’s generally good-faith and the result of organizational inertia. The way it used to work was, absentee ballots required an excuse but were available for all elections; mail-in early ballots required no excuse but were available for only some elections (the biggest ones).
This year, though, COVID caused the two to functionally converge. The Secretary of State decided that fear of COVID was an adequate excuse for absentee ballots. There was also emergency legislation that extended mail-in early voting to all elections. So they do the same thing for all the same people, but they’re still different. I hope this state of affairs doesn’t last
There’s no ridiculous requirement to get them notarized, though, and the state tries to give you opportunity to fix a spoiled ballot, and will let you vote in person if they haven’t gotten your ballot by Election Day.
@Steeplejack: I just laughed when I read that, at the absurdity that it’s even possible for Trump to come off *well in the debate.
*to a sane person
2020 General Election Early Vote Statistics
thought this might come in handy for keeping an eye on what is happening with early voting, state by state. Maybe a permanent link in the sidebar?
Red State Crew Represent!
Early voting in Cook County starts October 1, at a “super” site in the loop, and then ward-specific locations on October 14. I don’t remember ward-specific sites in Chicago before, but am very excited.
I plan to vote in MD (preferably via drop box) as soon as I can, but that won’t happen for a few weeks.
OT BONUS: Allie Brosh has a new post up on the Hyperbole and a Half website and it’s spectacular.
@Gin & Tonic: In some local elections, it’s common for the only public events that really allow you to learn much about the candidates to be pretty late in the cycle. So early voting can really be a problem for these. (My mother’s given it as a reason for being reluctant to do it.)
Around here, though, the things like City Council elections tend to be odd-year. I think that the only races on my ballot that are even being contested are President/VP, Senate, and a couple of ballot questions (one of which is the focus of an actually puzzling controversy–car manufacturers getting support from sexual abuse prevention organizations, claiming the proposed extension of right-to-repair will have privacy ramifications that enable stalkers and rapists).
I’ve been checking the state website every day to see when they mail out my ballot, but I suspect it may not happen for another week or two. In-person early voting is in mid-October.
So he’s in a snit at AOC only because the NYT pointed out that Trump was telling his voters to break the law.
@narya: I have early-voted at both the ward-specific sites in Chicago and at the “super site” in the Loop before. In my experience, there were lines at the ward sites, but the Loop site was very quick.
@MazeDancer: Great idea, thanks for your effort and you have inspired me to make this plan: October 12, Columbus Day holiday for me as a state employee but apparently not for my local county (hence voting is available): My wife and I drive to our county seat’s judicial center, where we married in 1997, wear our masks and VOTE! to flip the Indiana 5th from Red to Blue, as well as vote in all the other races. After that, maybe a short road trip to enjoy the autumn scenery.
(kinda long–feel free to edit as you wish).
Early voting starts in KY on Oct. 13th, plan on going after lunch. I have also volunteered to be a poll worker this year. RGB RIP
@narya: My suburb starts 10/19, as do most of the non-Chicago parts of Cook County. There are a few sites that start earlier but only a few. As WG pointed out, IL allows early voting to begin 40 days prior to the election which is Thursday. DuPage County and Kane County start the 24th.
@MazeDancer: It’s a detail of my plan, anyway.
Sorry. Should have clarified. I’ve been consistently ignoring her existence to keep my blood pressure down.
What a great story!
Makes an excellent plan.
Please share liberally.
Yeah, it’s an itty-bitty space. But the core of your plan is solid. And gives MA its props.
@Ken: I didn’t recognize the third party candidate on the Virginia ballot. There was only one, Jo Jorgensen with the Libertarian Party. No Green Party at all.
@Princess: Oh, cool! I don’t know why I didn’t know about the ward-specific sites before. I have used some of the other sites–Truman College–but didn’t realize there was something in each ward. I was contemplating mail-in, but realized that, in addition to the generaly USPS issue, they don’t start counting the mail-in until after the polls close, and I don’t want any delays. Even though it’s not as though this is going to be a contested site . . .
An interesting interview with someone working on the science of voting (figuring out what works, how to do it better, the best places to put ballot boxes, etc.).
An interesting read.
Trump is now openly talking about ramming through a SCOTUS appointee who will help him in election disputes over the “fake ballots”.
This is coming, folks, hope we’re ready. I have a plan to vote but I don’t really have a plan for revolution.
Good news from Nevada, Trump’s lawsuit against mail-in voting has been thoroughly tossed out on its ear.
@MazeDancer: J and I just requested our Virginia absentee ballots on-line. We’ll be dropping them in the local secure collection box when it is available (October 14-31).
Easy peasy! No excuses!
Voting absentee in person (a bit of an oxymoron) started on September 9 in Alabama and you can do so till October 29. The easiest way to do this is to print off an absentee ballot request and fill it out. Then go to the election manager office at your county courthouse give them your request and they will give you a ballot to vote right there. You need to check the box “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls” if you are voting absentee due to COVID-19 concerns. I voted last Friday. I’ve been texting to voters for the Doug Jones campaign and we’re pushing people to vote absentee in person and had positive responses for the most part.
I’ll be filling out my ballot here in Marin County, CA as soon as I get it in the mail, then walking over to my polling location which will have a 24 hour ballot dropbox from October 6 until election day!
Early voting in Arizona starts October 7th.
Vote-by-mail ballots — in AZ called PEVL=Permanent Early Voting List — are mailed out starting the same day. AZ is not a VBM-only state, but generally upwards of 70% do vote by mail, so the county recorders/S.O.S. are well-versed in and prepared for the process. Also, AZ S.O.S. and both Maricopa (Phoenix) and Pima (Tucson) County recorders — by far the two largest counties in the state, Maricopa is 4th largest in U.S. — are ALL Democrats, so internal funny business is pretty unlikely.
Arizona voters…. For information about voting (locations, VBM, early, Voter ID, registration/verification), https://arizona.vote is a good place to start.
@germy: I wonder how all these pearl-clutchers responded when Trump actually TOLD a bunch of people to try voting twice. You know, like for science, right?
@MattF: We laughed so hard at this that I was crying. Thanks for posting this.
Nobody has voted, dropped off or mailed their ballots since this morning?
Add you vote to the I Voted! thread and I’ll give add your sticker. :-)
Note: MI does not have in-person early voting, because Republicans control the horribly gerrymandered legislature, but I suppose one could stop by the office of one’s township or city Clerk, get a no-excuse absentee ballot, and vote it then and there (I did that once when I thought I was going to have a business trip over Election Day. My husband and I requested absentees for the general when we requested them for the August primary, and our township Clerk is scheduled to mail them out a week from today. We will fill them out promptly and I will return them to the lockbox at Township Hall a mile away.
By the way, when you request an absentee in MI, you can tick a box to be put on a list to automatically receive an application for an absentee before every election. Takes care of those under-the-radar elections like school millages that pop up during the year.
@WaterGirl: I like our “I Voted” sticker in LA County better.
@WaterGirl: Thank you WaterGirl!
@Kathleen: I just added the text from the step-by-step process part into the comment itself, also.
@Don K: This is what I found on the Michigan website. Are you thinking that is wrong?
@?BillinGlendaleCA: When you vote, I can give you that one. :-)
@WaterGirl: I believe LA County has got that.
@MazeDancer: I just figured out exactly where that drop box is, based on photos of it and Google Street View. Wasn’t sure precisely where to turn in from the street.
J R in WV
We have had really good dogs who were way smarter than the guy trying to nail AOC, who appears to be dumber than our less talented but very sweet dogs.
J R in WV
That’s really cool, so multi-cultural ~!!~
@MattF: Thanks for sharing. I loved her previous book and didn’t know there was a new one. I do now!