To be eligible for early voting, voters need to be registered to vote in a state that offers early voting. Voter registration varies by state, and voters can determine where to register by visiting the state election board website for their state. Registration locations can include voter registration offices, welfare assistance offices, public libraries and Department of Motor Vehicle locations. States may also offer online registration.Continue Reading
Voters do not need to provide a justification or otherwise pre-register to be eligible for early voting, also known as in-person absentee voting, in the states that permit it. As of 2015, 33 states and the District of Columbia allow voters to vote early without providing a reason for being unable to vote on election day. In 2014, Massachusetts voted to give local clerks the discretion to allow early voting beginning in 2016. California, Kansas and Vermont have also voted to allow early voting beginning in 2016.
Early voting regulations vary by state, and the National Conference of State Legislatures provides a current breakdown of local early voting laws. Early voting can begin anytime from 45 days before the election to the prior Friday. Voters can typically vote early at their local election official’s offices, and some states offer additional satellite locations for early voting.Learn more about Elections