How to Vote by Mail

This year, voting by mail is more important than ever. It keeps us safe from the pandemic and lets us make our voices heard! But it can be confusing. There are lots of different steps. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new plain language toolkit, all about voting by mail! We explain the basics of mail-in voting in plain language. Plus, the 50 state guide will give you everything you need to know about your state’s requirements and deadlines for mail-in voting. This toolkit covers many important topics about mail-in voting, including:
  • How to request your ballot
  • Important election dates in your state
  • Who has to sign your ballot
  • How to make sure your ballot is accepted

This plain language guide has two parts. The first part, “How to Vote by Mail“, gives an overview of how voting by mail works and answers many common questions about voting by mail. The information in this part of the guide applies broadly to every state, no matter where you live. The second part, “How to Vote by Mail: A State-by-State Guide“, has everything you need to know in order to vote by mail in your state.

This toolkit made possible by the generous support of The Ford Foundation.