Election safety precautions for your health

Although COVID-19 is a public health issue, it is affecting the upcoming presidential primaries and general election. International Paper’s Pandemic Advisory Team has been closely monitoring the outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The situation is fluid and evolving quickly. Please remain vigilant and alert taking all the necessary safety precautions for your health. The same guidance applies for participating in the 2020 election! You can prioritize your health and still exercise your critical right to vote your vision during these uncertain times.

The best way to vote while protecting your health is to vote by mail. It’s easy to request an absentee ballot and there’s still enough time to do so for most states with upcoming primaries. Some states have limits on who is eligible for absentee voting— for example, to people with health issues, disabilities, or other circumstances that may prevent them from voting in person — most states allow anyone to vote this way. If mail voting is not permitted, consider early voting, curbside voting, or voting during off-peak times, at your discretion. If you live in a state with an upcoming primary where it is still possible to apply to vote absentee find the date by which your application for an absentee ballot must be received below.

IMPORTANT: Public health officials advise that you not lick absentee ballot envelopes, but instead use a wet sponge or cloth. To learn more, read the CDC’s guidance to prevent spread of coronavirus disease election polling locations.

How to Vote By Mail 

The dates listed below are deadlines to have your application to vote by mail received by your local election official. There are separate rules and deadlines for how to submit your voted absentee ballot. Search for your state’s submission guidelines here. The chart will be updated as developments arise.


State Date of presidential primary Absentee ballot receipt date How to apply Who can vote absentee?
Alaska April 10 Postmarked April 10 By request Everyone
Connecticut April 28 Post Mail original; may fax in addition to ensure faster receipt. Use emergency form in addition if after April 22. Excuse required
Delaware June 2 Postmarked June 2 Request online or by mail, fax, or email


Excuse required
Georgia May 19 May 15 Request online or by mail, fax, or email to your County Board of Registrars


Hawaii May 22 Postmarked May 22    
Indiana June 2 All registered voters in Indiana are eligible to vote absentee-in-person at the county election board office beginning 28 days before Election Day. Request by mail, fax, or email


Excuse required
Kansas May 2 April 17 Voted ballot must be postmarked by April 24. Everyone
Kentucky June 23 June 16*** Request by contacting county clerk Excuse required
Louisiana** June 20      
Maryland June 2   Request online or by mail, fax, or email Everyone
Montana June 2 Before 12 PM on June 1 Request by mail or fax


Nebraska May 12 6 PM on May 1 Request by mail or fax to your county election official


New Jersey June 2 May 26 Request by mail Everyone
New Mexico June 2 5 PM on May 28 Request online or by mail (application will

be available in early April)


New York June 23 Postmarked by June 16 Request by mail Everyone
Ohio* April 28  Ballots postmarked by April 27  Instructions mailed Everyone
Oregon May 19 Register to vote by April 28


Automatic upon timely registration Everyone
Pennsylvania June 2 5 PM on April 21 Request online or by mail Everyone
Rhode Island June 2   Request by mail Everyone
Puerto Rico April 26      
South Dakota June 2 5 PM on June 1 Request by mail Everyone
Washington, DC June 2 May 26 Request online or by mail, fax, or email Everyone
West Virginia May 12 May 6 Request by mail, fax, or email


Excuse required
Wisconsin April 7 5 PM on April 2 Request online or by mail, fax, or email Everyone
Wyoming April 17 Ballots postmarked by April 17 Request by mail Everyone



**The presidential primary election is delayed to June 20 (originally scheduled for April 4.) More to come on absentee voting for this election.


References: State election board websites and

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