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By Amanda Zoch

As election officials and voters consider the value of mail ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more policymakers want to know how other states handle absentee, or mail, voting.

illustration of voting at homeEarlier this year, the NCSL elections team released a new report, Voting Outside the Polling Place, that provides detailed information on absentee, mostly-mail and other voting-at-home options. Complete with maps, charts and explanations ranging from how to request an absentee ballot to who can return it and how to fix a signature error, this report is a one-stop location for the 50-state perspective on voting by mail.

And now we’ve made it even easier for you to use.

You can find links to 18 new tables in the second-to-last section, appropriately titled “Tables.” In these tables, different parts of our report are pared down to give you the basics—and the statutes—for each state.

Links to the tables are also included throughout the report, so if you’re reading about postmark deadlines for absentee ballots and think, “What’s the deadline in my state?”—just follow the link to a tidy table with all 50 states’ receipt and postmark deadlines.

These tables are supplementary, however, and we hope you’ll visit Voting Outside the Polling Place to read the full report.

Amanda Zoch is an NCSL policy specialist and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow.

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