Concerns about Postal Service delays and the coronavirus are setting the stage for a surge in mail-in ballots and early voting in the crucial presidential election.
Officials and advocates across the country are encouraging residents to take steps ranging from voting by mail to voting in person early leading up to the Nov. 3 election.
On Friday, the first batch of ballots for the 2020 general election were sent out in North Carolina, where more than 500,000 residents have requested absentee ballots.
Here is the earliest you can vote either in person or by mail in each state.
The state does not offer early in-person voting, but absentee voters can request or cast their ballots in person or by mail beginning Sept. 9.
Early and mail-in voting will begin Oct. 7.
Absentee ballots and early voting will be available Oct. 19.
Beginning Oct. 5, all voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot that can be returned immediately. Early voting will be available in several counties starting Oct. 27.
Mail-in ballots will be sent starting Oct. 9. Early voting begins on Oct. 19.
Absentee ballots will be mailed beginning Oct. 2. Connecticut does not offer in-person early voting.
Absentee ballots will be sent by mail no later than Oct. 30. There is no in-person early voting in Delaware.
District of Columbia
Mail ballots will be sent to eligible voters starting Sept. 24. Early voting will be available starting Oct. 24.
Absentee ballots will be mailed beginning Sept. 15. Early voting starts Oct. 12.
Voters will automatically receive a ballot by mail on or around Oct. 16.
Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters starting Oct. 12. Early voting varies by county but starts as early as Oct. 19.
Early voting will begin Sep. 24, the same day absentee ballots will start being mailed out.
Approved absentee voters should receive ballots after Sept. 19. Early voting commences on Oct. 6.
Absentee ballots will be available for mail submission or in-person drop-off starting Oct. 5.
Residents can vote in-person or by absentee ballot as early as Oct. 14.
Absentee ballots will be mailed starting in mid-September. Early voting begins Oct. 13.
Absentee ballots will be available for mail submission or in-person drop-off beginning Oct. 4.
Early voting begins Oct. 17.
Early voting starts Sept. 24, the same day voters can request absentee ballots.
Early voting and absentee ballots will be available no later than Sept. 21.
Voters can submit absentee ballots in person as soon as Oct. 5. There is no early in-person voting, but voters can vote absentee in person.
Mail-in ballots will be sent starting Sept. 28. Early in-person voting at county election offices will commence on Oct. 5.
There is no early voting in New Hampshire, but voters can vote absentee in person. The state urges voters to request absentee ballot applications as soon as possible.
Mail ballots will be sent to all registered voters by Oct. 5.
Absentee ballots can be submitted as early as Oct. 6. In-person early voting starts Oct. 17.
Both early and absentee voters may cast their ballots starting Oct. 15.
Early in-person voting begins Oct. 6, the same day absentee ballots can be sent.
Absentee ballot drop-off is available starting Oct. 29, the same day early in-person voting begins.
All voters automatically receive mail-in ballots, which should be mailed no later than Oct. 20 and can be filled out and sent immediately.
Voters can submit mail-in and absentee ballots as soon as Sept. 14. There is officially no in-person early voting in Pennsylvania. However, beginning Sept. 14 voters can request, fill out and submit a mail-in or absentee ballot during a single in-person visit to a county elections office.
In-person early voting begins Oct. 14. The state does not specify exactly when mail ballots will be sent.
Absentee voters can drop off ballots at county offices starting Sept. 28, but there is otherwise no in-person early voting in South Carolina.
Absentee ballots will be available no later than Sept. 21. There is no in-person early voting.
Both absentee and in-person early voting begin Sept. 18.
Mail-in ballots will be sent to voters starting Oct. 16. There is no in-person early voting.
Voters can drop off “in-person absentee” ballots starting Oct. 20.
Ballots can be requested for absentee voters starting Sept. 18. There is no early in-person voting in Wyoming, but voters can vote absentee in person.