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What you need to know about the statewide absentee ballot application mailing.

  • All registered voters, who have kept their address current, will receive a letter along with an absentee ballot application (click here to view a sample letter and application in PDF).
  • The first round of applications will be mailed out August 29, 2014, arriving in mailboxes after Labor Day.
  • A second supplemental mailing in early October will include voters who have registered or updated their information after August 1, 2014.
  • To receive your absentee ballot by mail, do the following:
    1. Complete the application, including ALL required fields.
    2. Sign and date the application.
    3. Tear off the application and insert it into the envelope provided, ensuring the county board of elections address is showing.
    4. Add a stamp to the envelope.
    5. Put the envelope / application into the mail or drop it off to your county board of elections office.
  • Completed applications will be processed by local county boards of elections, which will mail out the ballots when absentee voting begins.
  • Applications must be received by county boards of elections no later than noon on November 1, 2014, however, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.

If you apply for an absentee ballot but change your mind and go to your polling place to vote on Election Day, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot that cannot be counted until at least 10 days after Election Day.

If you do not receive the mailing, click here to fill out an absentee ballot application that you will be able to send to your county board of elections.

How to vote from home once you receive your absentee ballot

  • Treat this ballot exactly as you would the ballot you vote on Election Day.
  • Complete the absentee ballot according to the instructions on the ballot.

Return Your Absentee Ballot

You have two options to return your ballot:

By Mail

  • Put your absentee ballot, sealed in the completed Statement of Voter envelope, in the return envelope provided.
  • Affix proper postage.
  • Must be postmarked no later than November 3, 2014 (the day before Election Day) and received by your county board of elections by November 14, 2014.

Drop It Off

  • Bring your completed ballot, sealed in the completed Statement of Voter envelope, to your county board of elections office.
  • Must be returned at your board of elections office (not your polling location) by the close of polls on Election Day, November 4, 2014.

Congratulations! You've voted from home.

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