The vote. It’s important. It’s powerful. Michelle Obama keeps telling you to do it. But the vote is facing a lot of problems this year — big structural ones. Here’s how to help make sure every last vote is counted, including yours.


COVID-19. Voter suppression. Type A personality. Type B personality. All great reasons to figure out how you’re going to vote right this minute. Different states have different request rules, so use this tool to learn how you can vote, whether it’s by mail or in person. If you’d like to vote by mail, use this tool to get your request form (even if you don’t have a printer!) Just type in the address where you vote below to get started:

Vote By Mail FAQ

  • The election is in November. Do I really need to request a mail-in ballot now?

    Yes. Both your state and the U.S. Postal Service are expecting a huge uptick in the number of requests for mail-in ballots. While the USPS is confident it can meet demand, it has said that it could take up to 14 days for you to receive and return your request forms and ballots. So the earlier you send it, the more time that election offices and Secretary of State offices have to prepare and make sure that everyone who wants to vote by mail will be able to.

  • I'm hearing that the U.S. Postal Service might not be able to meet the demand for mail-in ballots. Should I plan on voting by mail?

    The US Postal Service has stated that it “has the capacity” to meet the demand, so if you can and are able to vote by mail, this should be your plan A. If for some reason you request your ballot and do not receive it, that’s ok! Your plan B can be voting early at a polling location to avoid crowds, or voting on Election Day. You can still vote in-person if you requested a ballot but never received it or turned it in.

  • What happens if I don't get my ballot in the mail in time?

    You can still vote! If you’ve requested your ballot, but you still haven’t received it 14 days before the election, you can call your state’s election office to request a replacement. If you still don’t receive it before Election Day, you can cast a provisional ballot at your polling place. But the earlier that you request your ballot, the less of a chance you won’t receive it.

  • Will my state let me vote by mail?

    Most likely, yes! The majority of states are allowing some form of voting-by-mail for the presidential election in November. Find your state and check out the rules at votesaveamerica.com/states.

  • Donald Trump says that vote by mail is rife with fraud, is that true?

    This is simply not true. In the last 20 years, there has been an average of one case of absentee voter fraud per state, every six to seven years--a fraud rate of 0.00006%. In fact, Donald Trump and at least 16 members of his Administration and family have voted by mail. Trump is certainly concerned about increased voter turnout, but we view high turnout as a good thing! So request your ballot now.

  • Is my vote-by-mail request form the same as my ballot?

    No. Some states will be mailing all registered voters a ballot, but the majority of states will need you to request the ballot before they can send it to you. So you’ll fill out a request and mail in your request form, then you’ll get sent your actual ballot. You should then fill that out, and mail that back as soon as possible. Some states start sending ballots up to 40 days before Election Day, so request your ballot early and vote early!

  • What’s the difference between absentee ballots and vote by mail ballots?

    Both are ways that voters can cast a ballot by voting at home and returning their ballot through the mail. While states like Washington, Oregon, Utah, Hawaii and Colorado conduct all-mail elections and automatically send registered voters a ballot, most states ask that you fill out a request form in order to have a ballot sent to you. That’s called absentee voting. The only difference is whether or not you have to request a ballot yourself, but both are voting by mail processes.

  • What if I request a vote by mail ballot but I decide to vote on Election Day?

    It depends on the state. Many states will still allow you to vote in person if you bring your vote-by-mail ballot to your polling place so that they can invalidate the mail ballot and count your in-person ballot instead. Check with your state’s election office to learn what specific rules apply in your state.

    Even if you forget to bring your mail-in ballot or lose it, you can still cast a provisional ballot in-person on Election Day.

  • Will voting by mail give Republicans/Democrats an advantage?

    There is no evidence that voting by mail gives any party a clear advantage, and voting by mail is popular with the majority of Americans. Over 70% of Americans support allowing any voter who wants to vote by mail to do so, including 49% of Republicans.

  • I’ve heard that some ballots have been thrown out during the primaries. How do I make sure that my vote by mail ballot isn’t rejected?

    Here are three things you need to do to make sure your ballot is counted.
    1. Request and return your ballot as early as possible. Some states require that ballots be delivered by Election Day, not just postmarked, so returning your ballot early will prevent it from arriving after November 3rd.
    2. Check to see if your state has any voter ID requirements to vote by mail. You can see the rules at votesaveamerica.com/states
    3. Make sure the signature on your ballot matches the one on your voter registration form. States often check to see that they match, so carefully signing your mail-in ballot will keep it from being rejected.

Be A Poll Worker

Over half of poll workers in 2016 were over the age of 60, which happens to be the group in the greatest danger from COVID-19. This is what we in the voting biz call “not ideal.” We’ll need at least 1 million poll workers on Election Day, so if you’re healthy and able, sign up to be trained and work as a poll worker at your polling location!

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