Absentee Ballots

All registered voters have the option to vote by absentee ballot, including those overseas or in the military.


To obtain an Absentee Ballot you must first submit an Absentee Ballot Application for English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF), or request an absentee ballot online.

2016 Presidential General Deadline

  • The deadline is Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Your application must be received by 8 p.m. if you mail or deliver the application, or by 11:59 p.m. if you fax or email the application.
  • The deadline to request an Electronic Absentee Ballot via internet is Friday, November 4, 2016 if you mail or deliver the application, or by 11:59 P.M. if you fax or email the application.

Filling Out an Absentee Ballot

  1. Examine your ballot before voting. If both sides are printed, vote both sides. If there are 4 columns on a side, vote all 4 columns.
  2. Use only a No. 2 pencil. Other marking instruments may not produce a mark that will be accurately counted.
  3. To record a vote, completely fill in the oval to the left of your choice. 
  4. Do not vote for more candidates than the number specified over the names of the candidates for each office (you may vote for fewer than specified if you wish).
  5. Write-in voting is permitted only in general elections. General Election ballots provide a designated space in each contest for casting a write-in vote. To cast a write-in vote, you must:
    • Record the last name and first name, or at least the last name and the initial of the first name, of the person for whom you wish to vote on the appropriate line.
    • Completely fill in the oval to the left of the name you have written.
  6. Do not place any mark of identification on the ballot.

Having Someone Else Pick Up Your Ballot

You can designate someone to be your agent. This person will take your completed absentee ballot application to your local election office, pick up your ballot, and deliver it to you. To get your ballot this way, you and your agent must complete the Absentee: Designation of Agent Form for English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF).

More Information

For absentee voting questions and information, please email us.