Be a Clean Water Voter in 2020: Voter Information

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Voting Info by State

Voting may be different this year so it's even more important than ever that voters know what to do. Get the information you need below.

This is the most important election of our lifetimes. We must set ourselves on a path to address the climate crisis, fix our failing infrastructure, end environmental racism, put drinking water first, and more. We can’t afford four more years of Trump and we can’t allow Mitch McConnell to set the agenda in the Senate anymore.

We need as many people as possible to vote. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there have been a number of changes in voting this year. Many states have extended early voting periods, consilidated polling locations, and made absentee and mail-in voting available to more voters. Some states like California and New Jersey are simply mailing ballots to every registered voter while other states have simplified the application process for voters who wish to vote by mail. It's vital that you know how to vote in your state so that your vote counts.

Learn more below and make your plan to vote on November 3 (or before if you are voting early or by absentee or mail-in ballot). Please share this page with your friends and family and encourage them to make a plan to be a clean water voter as well!

Important dates

  • Election Day -- November 3rd, 2020
  • Voter registration deadline -- Varies by state, see below
  • Early voter period -- Varies by state, see below

California

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Monday, October 19, 2020
By Mail: Monday, October 19, 2020
In Person: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
 

Register to vote here

Graphic -- CaliforniaVoting by absentee ballot in California

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all registered voters in California will receive absentee ballots. No application is necassary. Ballots must be mailed to voter by County elections officials by October 5; voters can expert to receive their ballots by mid-October.
  • Completed ballots must be postmarked on or before November 3 and received no later than 17 days after Election Day. Voters can track their ballots here.
  • If voters lose or misplace their ballots, they can request a new one. Learn about requesting a new ballot from the California Secretary of State

Voting in person in California

  • Voters who need or want to vote in person can do so. Learn more here.

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Colorado

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Monday, October 26, 2020
By Mail: Monday, October 26, 2020
In Person: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
 

Register to vote here

Graphic -- ColoradoVoting by mail in Colorado

  • All Colorado voters will receive a mail-in ballot. Counties will begin mailing ballots to voters on October 9 so voters should receive their ballots by mid-October.
  • Ballots must be received by 7:00 pm on November 3. Ballots can be mailed or voters can drop the ballots into a secure dropbox. Find information about dropboxes here.
  • Voters can track their ballots here.

Voting in person in Colorado

  • Voters who wish to vote in person may return their mail ballot and vote in-person at a voter service and polling center. Even if voters do not return their mail ballot, they may still vote in person. Once a vote is cast in person the county clerk will not accept for counting any ballot that was mailed to the voter. The deadline to vote in-person is 7:00 PM on Election Day.
  • Find in-person voting locations here.

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Colorado voter information

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Connecticut

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
By Mail: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
In Person: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
 

Register to vote here

Graphic -- ConnecticutVoting by absentee ballot in Connecticut

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all voters can request an absentee ballot and all eligible voters should receive an application by mid-September.
  • To be counted, ballots must be received by the voter's local elections office by 8:00 pm on November 3.
  • Voters can mail their ballots or return them to a secure dropbox. Most drop-boxes will be located in front of your City or Town Hall. Please check with your city clerk to find the exact location of the drop boxes. 

Voting in person in Connecticut

  • Voters who need or want to vote in person can do so. Find your polling location here.

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Connecticut voter information

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District of Columbia

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
By Mail: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
In Person: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
 

Register to vote here

Graphic -- District of ColumbiaVoting by absentee ballot in the District

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all voters will receive an absentee ballot.
  • Completed ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and get to the Elections office by November 10.

Voting in person in the District

  • Voters who need or want to vote in person can do so on November 3. Find your polling place here.
  • Early voting is also available from October 27 through November 2. Learn more here.

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Voting in District of Columbia. Registration deadline Tuesday Oct 13, Election day registration available. DC is mailing ballots to all voters. Signed ballots must be postmarked by Nov 3. Voting in person and early voting available.

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Maryland

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Tuesday,  October 13, 2020
By Mail: Tuesday,  October 13, 2020
In Person: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
 

Register to vote here

Graphic -- MarylandVoting by absentee ballot in Maryland

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all voters can vote by mail and applications for mail-in ballots should have been mailed to all voters in August.
  • Completed applications must be returned by October 20, 2020.
  • Completed ballots must be received or postmarked by November 3rd to be counted.

Voting in person in Maryland

  • Voters who need or want to vote in person can do so on November 3. Find your polling place here.
  • Early voting will also be available from  October 26 thru November 2.

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Maryland voter information

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Massachusetts

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Saturday, October 24, 2020
By Mail: Saturday, October 24, 2020
In Person: Saturday, October 24, 2020
 

Register to vote here

Graphic -- MassachusettsVoting by absentee ballot in Massachusetts

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all voters can request an absentee ballot and all eligible voters who have not already applied will receive an absentee ballot application in September 2020.
  • Download the absentee ballot application here.
  • To be counted, ballots must be postmarked by November 3, 2020 and reach the voter’s local elections office no later than November 6, 2020.
  • Some towns/cities may also provide a secure dropbox. Please contact your local elections office to learn if your town has a dropbox available.
  • Voters can track their ballot here.

Voting in person in Massachusetts

  • Voters who need or want to vote in-person on November 3 can do so. Find your polling location here.
  • Early voting will also be available from October 17 to October 30.

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Massachusetts voter information

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Michigan

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Monday, October 19, 2020
By Mail: Monday, October 19, 2020
In Person: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Local Clerk Office)
 

Register to vote here

Graphic -- MichiganVoting by absentee ballot in Michigan

  • Absentee voting is available to all voters. Voters can request an absentee ballot here.
  • Mailed applications for absentee ballots must be received by October 30th. Absentee ballots can be requested at your local clerk's office until 4 PM on Monday, November 2nd.
  • Completed ballots must be received by 8 pm on November 3. 2020 to be counted.
  • Voters can track their ballots here.

Voting in person in Michigan

Voters who need or want to vote in person can do so on November 3. Find your polling location here.

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Michigan voter information

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Minnesota

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
By Mail: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
In Person: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
 

Register to vote here

Graphic -- MinnesotaVoting by absentee ballot in Minnesota

  • All voters can request an absentee ballot. Voters can apply for an absentee ballot here.
  • Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received by November 10.
  • Voters can track their ballots here.

Voting in person in Minnesota

  • Voters who need or want to vote in person can do so on November 3. Find your polling place here.
  • Need to register to vote on Election Day? Learn more here.
  • Voters can voter earlin in person in Minnesota from September 18 - November 2. Learn more here.

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Minnesota voter information

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New Jersey

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
By Mail: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
In Person: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
 

Register to vote here

Graphic - New JerseyVoting by absentee ballot in New Jersey

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all voters will be mailed an absentee ballot and voters should receive ballots by October 5.
  • Ballots must be postmarked by November 3rd and received at country elections offices by November 10.
  • Voters can also return their ballots to secure dropboxes.

Voting in person in New Jersey

  • Voters can still vote in person via provisional ballot. Please contact the Divison of Elections for more information.

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New Jersey voter information

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Pennsylvania

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Monday, October 19, 2020
By Mail: Monday, October 19, 2020
In Person: Monday, October 19, 2020
 

Register to vote here

Graphic -- PennsylvaniaVoting by absentee ballot in Pennsylvania

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all voters are eligible to vote by mail or an absentee ballot. Learn more about how to request  ballot here. Applications must be received by October 27, 2020.
  • Completed ballots must be received by November 3rd.
  • Voters can mail ballots or return them to their county elections office. For more informaion, voters should contact their county elections office. Contact information can be found here

Voting in person in Pennsylvania

  • Voters who need or want to vote in person can do so on November 3. Learn more here.

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Pennsylvania voter information

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Rhode Island

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Sunday, Otcober 4 2020
By Mail: Sunday, October 4, 2020
In Person: Sunday, October 4, 2020
 

Register to vote here

Graphic -- Rhode IslandVoting by absentee ballot in Rhode Island

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all voters in Rhode Island can apply for an absentee ballow. Applications will be mailed to all eligble voters. Voters can also here.
  • Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the local elections office by 4pm on October 13, 2020. Learn more here.
  • Completed ballots  must be received by 8 pm on November 3. Voters can also return ballots via a secure dropbox. Learn more about drop boxes here.

Voting in person in Rhode Island

  • Voters who need or want to vote in person can do so on November 3. Find your polling place here.
  • Early voting will also be available from October 14 through November 2, 2020.

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Rhode Island voter information

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Texas

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Not Available
By Mail: Monday, October 5, 2020
In Person: Monday, October 5, 2020
 

Start the process to register to vote here

Graphic -- TexasVoting by absentee ballot in Texas

  • Unfortunately Texas does not offer no-excuse absentee voting at this time. Voters must be certain criteria. Learn more here.

Voting in person in Texas

  • Voters can vote on November 3 or during the Early Voting period.
  • Early Voting begins October 13th and ends October 30th.
  • Find our polling place and hours here.

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Texas voter information

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Virginia

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

Online: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
By Mail: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
In Person: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
 

Register to vote here

Graphic -- VirginiaVoting by absentee ballot in Virginia

  • Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required.
  • The last day to request an absentee ballot is 11 days before the election. Learn more here
  • Compelted ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by 12pm 3 days after the election in order to be counted.

Voting in person in Virginia

  • Voters who need or want to vote in person can do so on November 3. Find your polling place here.
  • Early voting is available from September 18 through October 31st. Learn more here.

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Virginia voter information

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