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Absentee Voting

If you are going to be away from your assigned polling place on any election day, you may qualify to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee voting is permitted for:

  • A student attending any institute of higher learning or the spouse of a student
  • An individual who will be away for business or personal business/vacation
  • An individual who commutes to work and is away from his home for 11 hours or more between 6:00AM and 7:00PM
  • An individual who is a law-enforcement officer, firefighter or other first responder (effective 07/01/09)
  • An individual with a disability or illness or the primary caregiver of an individual with a disability or illness
  • An individual who is confined awaiting trial or confined as a result of a misdemeanor
  • An election official
  • An individual who is in the military or the spouse or dependent of a military person
  • An individual who is regularly employed outside of the continental United States or the spouse or dependent of such an individual

** Presidential Only Ballot

Voting by absentee ballot can be done in person at the General Registrar's Office or by mail. An Absentee Ballot Application must be completed prior to receiving a ballot. If voting in the Registrar's Office, the process is done in one step. Voting absentee by mail requires that the completed, signed application must be returned to the office before a ballot set can be mailed. The last day to receive an absentee ballot application by mail is seven days prior to the election; the Saturday immediately preceding the election is the final day to vote absentee in person.