Absentee Ballot Information for Upcoming Special Elections

December 24, 2020

By News Director Jared Atha

Voters in area counties who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the January 12 Special Election should apply now.

According to voting officials, although County Election Boards can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, voters who wish to vote by absentee are urged to apply early.

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board offices, and an online version of the form can be filled out and submitted electronically at: elections.go.gov. A print form can also be downloaded at that address.

Election officials remind voters that at least two mail transactions must be made. Those being Election Board Offices mailing the ballots to the voter and the voter returning the voted ballots by mail.

Ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Officials say any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. However, a voter must be registered and reside at an address within the geographical boundaries of a school district or a municipality to be eligible to vote in school district or municipal elections. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.