DemDaily: Cast Your Vote Early
Over the last two decades, multiple states have embraced new electronic voting systems, as well as methods for early voting.
Whether instituted voluntarily, by legislation, electoral mandate, or from pressure by advocacy and voting rights groups -- the end result has been an increase in early voting in Presidential elections -- from 7% in 1992 to 32% in 2012.
Early Voting is the process by which individuals vote in advance of the scheduled election day - usually by mail or in person at a designated polling location.
The goal of early voting is to increase voter participation, to remove barriers to voting for the handicapped, seniors and those constrained by work, and to minimize the crowds at polling stations.
Early Voting/In-Person: is allowed "without excuse" (no required reason) in 34 U.S. States and in the District of Columbia.
The starting dates are different for each state, but most begin within 30 days of election day, allowing voters to cast their ballot at designated polling locations before the election.
Early Voting is different from Absentee Voting - which is a separate voting method (usually by mail) for individuals who do not anticipate being in their state of residence on election day (Coming this Friday: DemDaily on Absentee Voting!).
Early Voting Period
|Alaska||Oct 24-Nov 8||Yes||No|
|Arizona||Oct 12-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Arkansas||Oct 24-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|California||Varies by County||Yes||No|
|Colorado||October (upon receipt of mail ballot)||Oct 24-Nov 8||Yes|
|District of Columbia||Oct 22-Nov 4||Yes||No|
|Florida||Oct 29-Nov 5||Yes||No|
|Georgia||Oct 17-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Hawaii||Oct 25-Nov 5||Yes||No|
|Idaho||Oct 24-Nov 4||Yes||No|
|Illinois||Sept 29-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Indiana||Oct 11-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Iowa||Sept 29-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Kansas||Nov 1-Nov 8||Yes||No|
|Louisiana||Oct 25-Nov 1||Yes||No|
|Maine||Oct 10-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Maryland||Oct 27-Nov 3||Yes||No|
|Massachusetts||Oct 24-Nov 4||Yes||No|
|Minnesota||Sep 23-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Montana||Oct 10-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Nebraska||Oct 3-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Nevada||Oct 22-Nov 4||Yes||No|
|New Jersey||Varies by County||Yes||Yes|
|New Mexico||Oct 12-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|North Carolina||Oct 20-Nov 5||Yes||No|
|North Dakota||Varies by County||Yes||Varies by County|
|Ohio||Oct 12-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Oklahoma||Nov 3-Nov 5||Yes||No|
October (upon receipt of mail ballot)
|South Dakota||Sep 24-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Tennessee||Oct 19-Nov 3||Yes||No|
|Texas||Oct 24-Nov 4||Yes||No|
|Utah||Oct 25-Nov 4||Yes||Varies by County|
|Vermont||Sept 23-Nov 7||Yes||No|
|Washington||October(upon receipt of mail ballot)||Oct 21-Nov 7||Yes|
|West Virginia||Oct 26-Nov 5||Yes||No|
|Wisconsin||Varies by County||Yes||No|
|Wyoming||Sept 23-Nov 7||Yes||No|