You have the right to vote from a facility, such as a nursing home, hospital, adult care home, or psychiatric facility!
If you live in a facility and will not be able to get out to vote by yourself, see if facility staff or someone you know can take you to vote. If they can, click on the link to learn how to vote in person!
Otherwise, you will have to vote using something called an "absentee ballot." But first, you have to request an absentee ballot!
For 2017, each county has it's own election schedule.
The majority of elections will occur on November 7, but your county may also have elections on September 12 and/or October 10. You need to give yourself enough time before each election to get and complete your ballot.
(Click on the link if you have not yet registered to vote)
Step 1: Know who can request an absentee ballot.
You can request an absentee ballot. A close family member or your legal guardian can request an absentee ballot for you.
There are also Multipartisan Assistance Teams, or MATs, which are volunteers with your local County Board of Elections who can come out to your facility and help you request an absentee ballot.
If you have called your local County Board of Elections for help from a MAT, and they do not help you within a week of you asking, almost anyone can help you request an absentee ballot.
Step 2: Get an absentee ballot request form.
A couple things about MATs:
The MAT team can come out to your facility, bring you an absentee ballot request form, help you fill out your form, and return it for you!
Make sure you schedule a time for them to come back to help you vote when your ballot comes in the mail!
Click on the link for more information on MATs.
Step 3: If you aren't going to use a MAT to fill out your absentee ballot request form, you will have to make sure your form is filled out and signed.
You can fill out this form, with or without help. Or a close family member or your legal guardian can fill out this form to request an absentee ballot for you. You can choose which will work better for you!
Even if the form was downloaded and filled out on the computer, it still has to be printed so it can be signed! If you do not have access to a printer, and you do not want to use a MAT, click the link to find out who you can call to have an absentee ballot request form mailed to you.
If you would like to have a MAT help you vote when your ballot comes in the mail, check the box on the absentee ballot request form asking for "assistance in marking your ballot."
Step 4: Click on the link to find the contact information for your county's Board of Elections.
Step 5: Return the absentee ballot request form!
- Your absentee ballot request form MUST be filled out and returned (not just mailed) by the Tuesday before the election at 5:00 p.m. You can return your absentee ballot request form by mail, fax, email, or in person to your local county board of elections office. If you plan to mail it in, give yourself extra time so you do not miss the deadline!
If using a MAT team:
The MAT team can return your ballot request form for you!
For mailing it in:
Get an envelope and a stamp. Put your filled-out and signed absentee ballot request form in the envelope. On the front of the envelope, write the mailing address for your local County Board of Elections. Also, put the stamp in the upper right-hand corner of envelope. Put the envelope in the mail.
For emailing it in:
Scan your filled-out and signed absentee ballot. Then send that scanned document as an attachment to the email address of your local County Board of Elections.
For returning it in person:
Your absentee ballot request form can be returned by bringing it directly to your local County Board of Elections.
Now, click on the link to learn how to vote and protect your rights!