While the specifics vary per state, you must register to vote, fill out an absentee ballot request form and send it in to your local election council. Ensure that the request is received and processed well before election day so you get your ballot on time.
Many states provide absentee ballot request forms on their official websites. Each submitted form must be an original, so you cannot fill it out and then photocopy it. Blue or black ink is typically required for the signature and other data on the form.
Some states, such as Massachusetts, let residents request an absentee ballot without filling out a request form. Send a letter that includes your full name, registered voting address, ward and precinct if you know what they are, the address you want your ballot mailed to, and your signature. If you are requesting an absentee ballot for a primary, you also need to specify which party ballot you are requesting.
States like New Hampshire require a copy of a photo identification card, so check with your state for the specific guidelines before sending in an application. Failure to provide the required information may create a processing delay for your absentee ballot.