What is an emergency absent voter ballot and how would I get one?

You may make an "emergency" request for an absent voter ballot if you cannot attend the polls on Election Day because:

  • You have become physically disabled; or
  • A family death or illness requires you to leave your community for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.

The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for the voter to apply for an absent voter ballot by the statutory deadline for regular applications.  Therefore, requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after 5 p.m. the Friday before the election, which is the deadline for applying for a regular absent voter ballot, but before 4 p.m. on Election Day. Contact your local clerk to obtain your emergency absent voter ballot. Emergency absent voter ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.



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