Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.
Many voters choose to cast mail-in or absentee ballots.
Here are the deadlines for mail-in ballots in each state.
The last day to vote in-person is Tuesday, November 8. When casting a vote in the 2022 midterm elections, many voters will chose to submit an absentee ballot. Many states require mail-in ballots be postmarked or received before Election Day.
The deadline to request a mail-in ballot has passed in many states, however there are some states that allow requests within a week of the election.
The earlier you submit your ballot, the better to avoid any possible delays with the Postal Service. You can also drop off your ballot at some in-person polling locations during early voting and on Election Day.
Make sure to check if your state requires the ballot to be postmarked or received by the due date listed. On average, first-class mail takes two to five days to be delivered, so it is best to set aside enough time for your ballot to be received on time for counting.
Some states, including California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, conduct all-mail elections and voters will be automatically sent their ballots without having to request them.
Election Day, November 8, is the deadline to postmark absentee ballots in all states. California, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia will accept ballots — mailed by or on Election Day — up to 10 days after the election.
Mail-in ballots were used in historic numbers during the 2020 election due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some states have "no-excuse voting" where voters can request an absentee ballot without haven't to provide a reason why, but otherwise, voters living outside the county or those who have a disability or an unforeseen illness must submit an excuse for why they cannot make it to the polls.
Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, members of the military living overseas and other American citizens living abroad can request absentee ballots and vote in federal elections. Mail-in ballot due dates may differ for overseas and military personnel, so be sure to check the last day your state will accept your ballot to make sure your vote counts.
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