50 States, 50 Sets of Election Laws

October 29, 2020  • Aspen Digital

One of the difficulties of understanding the election process is that each state has different rules about everything from how people vote to when votes are counted. How can you keep track? Would you like to see how your state compares? These roundups from trusted sources can help, and this litigation tracker will keep you apprised of potential changes.

Note: Your state or locality’s official website will always be the ultimate authority, as other sources may not be up to date.

Deadlines for Postmarking Absentee Ballots

Where Can You Drop Off Your Ballot?
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

When Absentee/Mail Ballot Processing and Counting Can Begin
National Conference of State Legislatures

Voter ID Laws
National Conference of State Legislatures

Laws on Armed, Unauthorized Poll Watchers
Georgetown Law Institute for Constitutional Advocacy & Protection

When Does Your State Count Ballots?
Represent Us

How Long Will Vote Counting Take? Estimates and Deadlines in All 50 States
New York Times

Election Result Certification Dates

Recount Laws
National Association of Secretaries of State

Election Day Contact Information
U.S. Election Assistance Commission

State Elections Legislation Database
National Conference of State Legislatures

Official State Election Websites

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