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How to vote in 10 states with Oct. 13-15 registration deadlines

Yahoo News Staff
·14-min read

There are a variety of ways to vote. Below are all the details you’ll need to do so in 10 states with deadlines coming up Tuesday, Oct. 13, Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Thursday, Oct. 15.

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. 13 states

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

"Voters may return an absentee ballot by mail, in person at a voting place, or by delivery to the Board of Elections office.” - D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 3, § 720.12

KANSAS

"The ballot may be mailed or delivered to the county elections officer. The voter may use a properly designated agent to return their ballot. Special provisions can be made for people confined to nursing homes and similar facilities to facilitate their receiving and casting advance ballots.” - Kan. Stat. § 25-1124(a), (d); Kan. Stat. § 25-1128(g); Kan. Stat. § 25-2812

LOUISIANA

"Voters can return their ballot by mail, a commercial courier, or hand delivery. If hand delivered by someone other than the voter, that person must sign a statement certifying that they have the authorization and consent of the voter. No person other than a voter's immediate family member may hand deliver more than one marked ballot to the registrar. Voters who feel they will not have time to vote by mail may request and return their ballot via fax, provided they sign a waiver of the right to a secret ballot. Hospitalized voters who request electronic delivery of a ballot or who have a family member pick up the ballot may return it by fax (upon signing a waiver) or any of the above methods. Voters with disabilities who request electronic delivery of a ballot may return it by fax (upon signing a waiver) or any of the above methods. The officer of the court in charge of the jury will deliver the ballots of sequestered jurors to the county registrar. Participants in the nursing home early voting program will deposit their voted absentee by mail ballots into a locked box in the possession of the election official who conducts early voting at the facility, unless the registrar opts to conduct nursing home early voting using the general early voting machines and equipment.” - La. Rev. Stat. § 18:1308(A)(1)(b)-(d), (B); La. Rev. Stat. § 18:1307.2(4); La. Rev. Stat. § 18:1308.1(B); La. Rev. Stat. § 18:1333(G)(5), (H)

MARYLAND

"Voters may return a completed ballot by mail, or by delivering it or having it delivered to an early voting site, a polling place, or the local board of elections office.” - Md. Code Regs. 33.11.03.06(E); Md. Code Regs. 33.11.03.08(B)

MINNESOTA

"The voter may return a completed ballot by mail. The voter may, either personally or through a third party, return the ballot to the office of the county auditor or other election authority. The election official may appoint election judges to travel to/from a health care facility or hospital to deliver/return absentee ballots.” - Minn. Stat. § 203B.08; Minn. Stat. § 203B.11

NEW JERSEY

"The voter may return a completed ballot by mail. The voter may, either personally or through a third party, return the ballot to the county board of elections.” - N.J. Stat. § 19:63-18

OREGON

"The voter may return a completed ballot by mail. The voter may, either personally or through a third party, return the ballot to the office of the county clerk, a place of deposit, a ballot-marking component, or a voting booth (if one provided).” - Or. Rev. Stat. § 253.070; Or. Rev. Stat. § 254.470(6)(b), (d)

WEST VIRGINIA

"Voters may return ballots by mail or hand delivery.” - W. Va. Code § 3-3-5(g), (k)

Oct. 14 state

WISCONSIN

"Absentee ballots issued in person must be voted in person immediately on site. For ballots issued by mail, the statute states only that the ballot "shall be returned" to the clerk.” - Wis. Stat. § 6.87(3)(a), (6)

Oct. 15 state

VIRGINIA

"A voter may return a completed absentee ballot by mail. A voter, or in limited circumstances, a third party designated by the voter, may return a completed ballot to the office of the general registrar. The voter may return a completed absentee ballot to the central absentee voter precinct or his/her polling place on Election Day.” - Va. Code § 24.2-709; Va. Code § 24.2-711; Va. Code § 24.2-712

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Virginia’s extended voter registration deadline.