Election Day is November 3rd, 2020!
**Check your state’s local election website info here for deadlines and review your states voting requirements for the most up-to-date information!**
This years’ election is right around the corner and you want to make sure that your voice is heard, while you’re away on assignment! We have provided essential information that will help our travelers learn how they can vote while away on assignment.
Keep reading to learn how you can vote!
Check Your Registration & State Deadlines
You must be sure that you have the MOST updated information about your home state so you don’t miss any important deadlines. You can look up your state’s local election website info here for deadlines and review your states voting requirements.
Check to see if you are registered to vote in your home state/county, if you are not, do so now! You can check if you’re registered here (https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration)
Depending on your situation, you might be required to update your registration info if you’ve:
- Moved within the state – If your permanent address has changed within your home state
- Changed your name
- Changed your party affiliation
NOTE: it can take up to 30 days to process the above changes because each state has different deadline for registration submissions!
Time to Register to Vote!
There are a few things that you would need in order to register to vote.
While registration documentation varies from state to state, at minimum you will need:
- Driver’s License
- Proof of residency
- Social Security Number
NOTE: Some states require different and/or additional items for proof of citizenship, click here to see the documentation requirements based on each state. You can look up each requirement here and search your state!
Visit Vote.org to register to vote. Depending on your state’s voter registration rules, the site can help you:
- Register online. This is available for 40 state plus the District of Columbia.
- Download the National Mail Voter Registration Form. You can fill out the form online and print the completed form, or print the blank form and fill it out by hand
- Don’t forget to sign the form before mailing it to the location listed for your state. You can find your mailing location here.
- Check under “absentee voting” if you don’t see information listed under “voting in person” or “early voting.”
How to Vote by Mail
Once you are registered to vote, the next step is for you to apply for an absentee ballot, which is what you will use to vote by mail.
Absentee Ballot VS. Mail-In Ballots
What is “absentee voting” – Absentee voting gives individuals the ability to cast their vote outside of their home state before Election Day, this is reserved for individuals who are out of their home state (ie. College or Traveling, like you!)
What is a “mail-in ballot” – A mail in ballot is where the voter sends in their vote via the mail instead of physically going to the polls.
In sum, they are basically the same thing! An absentee vote is a mail-in ballot.
As a Healthcare Traveler, your work will always qualify you for an absentee ballot since you’ll be away from your home state and dedicated polling site. All you need to do is apply for a ballot through your states’ election website. You can request your Absentee Ballot here, just select your state!
Once you receive your ballot, it’s important to complete and submit it at least a week before the deadline.
Congrats! You did it!
Since mail in ballots don’t receive stickers, be sure to print yours off and post on social media!
If you would like additional information, please visit Vote.org and encourage all your traveling buddies to vote this November!
If you are able to vote in person, you can find your voting poll location with this link here.
See below for links to your states that have a “no-excuse” absentee voting, meaning any voter can request a mail ballot without providing an excuse.
States with no-excuse absentee voting:
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
See below for links to your states that have an “excuse” absentee voting, meaning the voter can’t request a mail ballot without providing an excuse.
States that require voter to provide an excuse for absentee voting:
- New Hampshire
- New York
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
See below for states who only accept “mail-in ballots.”
States with mail-in ballot only:
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