Voters can apply for absentee ballot for March 2020 primary

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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Qualified voters can apply for an absentee ballot that can be cast by mail, commercial carrier or in person at the absentee election manager’s office, if he or she makes application in writing not less than five days prior to the election and meets one of the following requirements:

  1. • The voter expects to be out of the county or state on Election Day.
  2. • The voter has any physical illness or infirmity which prevents his or her attendance at the polls, whether he or she is within or without the county on the day of election.
  3. • The voter expects to work a shift which has at least 10 hours which coincide with the hours the polls are open at his or her regular polling place.
  4. • The voter is enrolled as a student at an educational institution located outside the county of his or her personal residence (attendance) at which prevents his or her attendance at the polls.
  5. • The voter is a member of, or spouse or dependent of a member of, the armed forces of the United States or is similarly qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff.
  6. • The voter has been appointed as an election officer or named as a poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place.
  7. • The voter is a caregiver for a family member to the second degree of kinship who is confined to their home.
  8. • The voter is incarcerated in prison or jail, but has not been disqualified by conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude as defined by T17-3-30.1

Absentee applications are available at the absentee election manager’s office or online at

Under ACT 2019-507, absentee ballot applications must now be accompanied by a copy of current, valid photo identification, unless the voter is exempt from the identification requirement. Failing to provide the identification will result in your ballot becoming a provisional ballot.

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