There are a variety of ways to vote. Below are all the details you’ll need to do so in five states with deadlines coming up Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10.
Remember, the deadlines for turning in mail ballots don’t preclude you from turning in your ballot as soon as you receive it. And with the problems with U.S. mail, and the huge number of mail ballots expected this year, the earlier you turn it in, the better. (Legal references were provided by the Voting Rights Lab.)
Oct. 9 states
"The voter may return a completed ballot by mail. The voter may return the ballot in person to the office of the county clerk. The county clerk must provide at least one "absent electors' polling place" in each county at which voters may mark and return the ballot.” - Idaho Code § 34-1005; Idaho Code § 34-1006
Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9 online. Register here: https://idahovotes.gov/online-voter-tools/ You can also register in person through Election Day on Nov. 3.
Request a mail/absentee ballot by Oct. 23 here: https://elections.sos.idaho.gov/ElectionLink/ElectionLink/BeginAbsenteeRequest.aspx. Ballots must be received by Nov. 3.
ID requirements for in person voting are here: https://idahovotes.gov/identification-requirements/
Who can handle a mail ballot? “Not specified” - NCSL
"Voters may return ballots by mail or in person to the county board of elections.” - N.Y. Elec. Code § 8-410
Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9. Register here: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application
As of August 20, 2020, New York no longer requires an excuse to vote by mail/absentee. You can download a mail/absentee application here: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3.
Early voting is Oct. 24-Nov. 1 in most counties. County board of elections office locations are here: https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/Counties/CountyBoardRoster06172020.pdf
Who can handle a mail ballot? “Not specified” - NCSL
"Voters may return ballots by mail or commercial courier service, or they may deliver them in person to the county board of elections or to a site for one-stop, in-person absentee voting. A near relative (spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild.) or legal guardian may also deliver a ballot on a voter's behalf.” - N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-231(b); N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-226(f)
Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9 online and by mail. Register here: https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/offices-services/online/Pages/voter-registration-application.aspx You can also register in person at one-stop locations through Oct. 31.
You can request a mail/absentee ballot by Oct. 27 here: https://dl.ncsbe.gov/Forms/NCAbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf. Mail ballots must be signed by a witness. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3.
Early voting at one-stop locations is Oct. 15-Oct. 30. Locations can be looked up by county here: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/ossite/
County board of elections locations are here: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/BOEInfo/PrintableVersion/
Who can handle a mail ballot? “A voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian may return an absentee ballot … It is a class 1 felony for any person to take into that person’s possession for delivery to a voter or for return to a county board of elections the absentee ballot of any voter, except a voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian.” - NCSL
"Voters may return ballots by mail, by private mail service, or in person to the county election board office. Voters in nursing homes or veterans facilities in the county may return their ballots on site to absentee voting board officials. Voters who apply to vote absentee under the special provisions applicable to incapacitated voters and their caregivers must return their ballots by mail or a private mail service.” - Okla. Stat. tit. 26, § 14-108(A); Okla. Stat. tit. 26, § 14-115; Okla. Stat. tit. 26, § 14-110.1; Okla. Stat. tit. 26, § 14-113.2; Okla. Admin. Code § 230:30-11-1(c)
Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9. Register here: http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Register_to_Vote/index.html
Apply for an absentee ballot here: https://www.ok.gov/elections/OVP.html. From FiveThirtyEight.com: “Absentee ballots with a yellow stripe must either be notarized or include a photocopy of an acceptable photo or non-photo ID. Absentee ballots with a pink stripe (available only to voters with COVID-19 or who are at high risk for COVID-19) must either be signed by two witnesses or include a photocopy of an acceptable ID. Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.”
Early voting begins five days before the Nov. 3 election and ends at 2 p.m. three days before the election. County election board locations are here: https://www.ok.gov/elections/documents/CEB_Physical%20Addresses_08072020.pdf
ID requirements for in person voting are here: https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Proof_of_Identity/
Who can handle a mail ballot? “A voter's spouse is excepted from ballot harvesting laws and is permitted to return an absentee ballot on behalf of a voter … Any voter who hand delivers his or her ballot as provided in subsection A of this section shall provide proof of identity to the county election board. A notary public must witness the absentee voter signing the absentee ballot return envelope. Notaries may not notarize more than 20 absentee ballot affidavits without the written approval of the election board.” - NCSL
Oct. 10 states
"Voters can return their ballot by mailing the ballot, delivering the ballot, or causing it to be delivered to the Department before the polls close on Election Day.” - Del. Code tit. 15, § 5507(4)
Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 10. Register here: https://ivote.de.gov/VoterView
Delaware is sending mail/absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. You can also request one here: https://ivote.de.gov/VoterView. Ballots must be received by Nov. 3.
No early voting, but you may still turn in your absentee/mail-in ballot at a county election the state election office ahead of election day. State and county office locations here: https://elections.delaware.gov/locations.shtml
ID requirements for in person voting are here: https://electionsncc.delaware.gov/faqs/voting.shtml
Who can handle a mail ballot? “Absentee voters must return their ballots by U.S. mail, by delivering it, or “causing it to be delivered” prior to the close of polls on Election Day. There is no explicit provision for an agent or designee to return an absentee ballot on behalf of a voter.” - NCSL