Skip Nav

What Is the Deadline to Register to Vote For Election 2016?

If You Do 1 Thing Today, Mark Your Calendar For These Key Election Dates

If you haven't registered to vote, you still have time, but your deadline is nearing. Election Day is Nov. 8 and it's critical you know the registration dates if you want to have a say in this historic election. Dates vary by state, but you can find your registration, absentee ballot request, absentee ballot return, and early in-person voting deadlines depending on where you live.

Once you know your state's deadline, check out our registration hub in partnership with Rock the Vote to seamlessly register or check your registration status. And when you do vote, make sure to tag your patriotic photos with #PSRockTheVote.

Alabama

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 24
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3
  • Absentee ballot return date: hand delivered or postmarked by Nov. 7
  • No early voting period.

Alaska

  • Voter registration deadline: online, fax, or postmarked by Oct. 9
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 29 or online by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Oct. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 8

American Samoa

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 10
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 24
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 8

Arizona

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 10
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 28
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 12 to Nov. 8

Arkansas

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 10
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: fax by Nov. 1; post and in person Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 7

California

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 24
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8 and received by Nov. 11
  • No early voting period.

Colorado

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 31
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Automatic
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8 and received by Nov. 16
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 8

Connecticut

  • Voter registration deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Delaware

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 15
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

District of Columbia

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 17
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 30 to Nov. 8

Florida

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 29 to Nov. 5

Georgia

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Sept. 20
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 17 to Nov. 7

Guam

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 28
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 5
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 10 to Nov. 7

Hawaii

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 10
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 25 to Nov. 5

Idaho

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 14
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 4

Illinois

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11; grace period between Oct. 12 and Nov. 8
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3; in person by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Sept. 29 to Nov. 7

Indiana

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11; post received by Nov. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 31; in person by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • In-person absentee voting: Oct. 11 to Nov. 7

Iowa

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 29
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Kansas

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Nov. 1 to Nov. 8

Kentucky

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Louisiana

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 4 4:30 p.m. CDT
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 7 4:30 p.m. CST
  • Early voting: Oct. 25 to Nov. 1

Maine

  • Voter registration deadline: request for postal ballot by Oct. 18; in person by Nov. 8
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 10 to Nov. 7

Maryland

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: for postal ballot by Nov. 1; online by Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8; received by Nov. 18
  • Early voting: Oct. 27 to Nov. 3

Massachusetts

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 19
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 7; received by Nov. 18
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 4

Michigan

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 5 2 p.m. EDT
  • Absentee ballot return date: received by Nov. 7 8 p.m. EST
  • Early voting: Sept. 24 to Nov. 7

Minnesota

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Sept. 23 to Nov. 7

Mississippi

  • Voter registration deadline: postmarked by Oct. 8
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: in person by Nov. 5 5 p.m.; postmarked by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Missouri

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 12
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Montana

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7 12 p.m. MST
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 10 to Nov. 7

Nebraska

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 21
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. CDT
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 3 to Nov. 7

Nevada

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 8; in person and online by Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 22 to Nov. 4

New Hampshire

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 29
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

New Jersey

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: postmarked by Nov. 1; in person by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8 8 p.m. EST
  • No early voting period.

New Mexico

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 12 to Nov. 7

New York

  • Voter registration deadline: in person by Oct. 14; postmarked by Oct. 14; received by Oct. 19
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: postmarked by Nov. 1; in person by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 7; received by Nov. 15
  • No early voting period.

North Carolina

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 14
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 27 to Nov. 5

North Dakota

  • Voter registration deadline: Not required
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 7
  • No early voting period.

Ohio

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 5
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 7; in person by Nov. 8; received by Nov. 18
  • Early voting period: Oct. 12 to Nov. 7

Oklahoma

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 14
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2 5 p.m. CDT
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Nov. 3 8 a.m. CDT to Nov. 5 2 p.m. CDT

Oregon

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Pennsylvania

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 4
  • No early voting period.

Rhode Island

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 9
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

South Carolina

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 8
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 10 to Nov. 7

South Dakota

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 24
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Sept. 24 to Nov. 7

Tennessee

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 19 to Nov. 3

Texas

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 28
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 24 to Nov. 4

Utah

  • Voter registration deadline: post received by Oct. 11; in person and online by Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 25 to Nov. 4

Vermont

  • Voter registration deadline: Nov. 2
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Sept. 25 to Nov. 7

Virginia

  • Voter registration deadline: online and post received by Oct. 10; in person by Oct. 31
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: online and post received by Oct. 10; in person by Oct. 31
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

West Virginia

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2
  • Absentee ballot return date: hand delivered and postmarked by Nov. 8; received by Nov. 18
  • Early voting period: Oct. 26 to Nov. 5

Wisconsin

  • Voter registration deadline: postmarked by Oct. 19; in person by Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3 5 p.m. CDT
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8; received by Nov. 8 8 p.m.
  • Early voting period: Oct. 24 to Nov. 4

Wyoming

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 24
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Sept. 30 to Nov. 7

Information from US Vote Foundation.

Latest News