Vote in the Primary

There are several ways to vote in the May 8 primary election.

1. Early in-person

early voting buttonEarly In-Person voting takes place at your county Board of Elections, starting the day after the voter registration deadline.

  • April 10 - April 27: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (weekdays only)
  • April 30 - May 4: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 7: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

2. Mail-in absentee

  • You do not need to provide a reason why you want to use a mail-in ballot, but you do have to request one.
  • You will not automatically receive an absentee ballot request for the May 8 election. Call your county Board of Elections to have them mail you a request for an absentee ballot.  This call gets you the request form, not the ballot itself.  You can also access a form here. 
  • The deadline for your request for an absentee ballot must be received by your county Board of Elections by noon on the Saturday, May 5.
  • Absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election.  They can also be dropped off at the Board of Elections on election day before 7:30 p.m.  They cannot be taken to a polling place.

3. On election day, May 8:

4. Special Information about Primary Elections:

  • elephant donkey vote buttonSelecting/changing your party happens only at Primary Elections.
  • At a Primary, you are asked which kind of ballot you want: Republican, Democratic, or Issues Only. (Sometimes there are also third party ballots available.)  You may choose any ballot.
  • Choosing a party's ballot at the Primary makes you a member of that party.
  • 17-year-olds who are registered to vote (because they will be 18 by the November election) may vote for candidates, but not issues, in the Primary election.

No matter how you choose to vote in the Primary Election, you must be registered to vote.

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