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Election USA 2020: how to register to vote by mail and how to request the absentee ballot

There is less than three months until the 2020 United States presidential elections and due to the coronavirus pandemic there are different ways to vote.

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Election USA 2020: how to register to vote by mail and how to request the absentee ballot
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Starting from Thursday 20 August, the American public can request to have their ballot mailed for the 3 November general elections, with roughly 24 million people having the opportunity to vote for the first time.

According to the Pew Research Center, one in 10 voters in the 2020 presidential election will be part of Generation Z - first-time voters in a major election. Due to the coronavirus pandemic it is important for people to register to vote sooner rather than later.

Absentee ballot

Absentee voting is conducted by mail-in ballot before Election Day. All states will mail a ballot to voters if certain conditions are met. The voter may return the ballot in person or by mail. 

In most states, where voting by mail isn’t universal, absentee voting is available for any reason due to the coronavirus pandemic. The no-excuse absentee voting is available in major swing states like Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Alabama

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Alaska

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Arizona

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Arkansas

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

California

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Colorado

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Connecticut

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Delaware

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

District of Columbia

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Florida

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Georgia

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Hawaii

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Idaho

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Illinois

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Indiana

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Iowa

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Kansas

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Kentucky

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Louisiana

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Maine

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Maryland

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Massachusetts

It’s deadline to register to vote is 24 October and people can register here.

Michigan

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Minnesota

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Mississippi

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Montana

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Nebraska

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Nevada

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

New Hampshire

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

New Jersey

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

New Mexico

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

New York

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

North Carolina

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

North Dakota

This state doesn’t have voter registration. It is only required to bring a valid ID and residency to the polls in order to vote.

Ohio

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Oklahoma

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Oregon

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Pennsylvania

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Rhode Island

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

South Carolina

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Tennessee

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Texas

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Utah

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Vermont

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Virginia

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Washington

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

West Virginia

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Wisconsin

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.

Wyoming

Deadline to register to vote is 19 October and people can register here.