Do You Know Your State’s Absentee Ballot Request Deadlines?


The U.S. general election is a mere three weeks away — are you ready to #GetOutTheVote? With social distancing recommendations still in place across the country, voting may look a little different this year with more citizens opting to vote by mail. Below are some key dates Northwest credit union employees and members should keep in mind over the next few weeks.


Voters who have registered prior to the Oct. 9 deadline and wish to request an absentee ballot may do so online at or via paper application sent to the county elections office. For 2020, no specific reason is required to request an absentee ballot in Idaho, but these requests must be made no later than Oct. 23. Statewide early in-person voting will take place Oct. 19-30.


Did you know on Nov. 7, 2000, Oregon became the first state in the nation to move all voting completely to Vote by Mail? In Oregon, voter registration for the 2020 general election must be completed by today, Oct. 13. All ballots will be sent via mail and must be completed and received by Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. PST. Find out more by visiting the Oregon Secretary of State online.


Washington also has a rich history of voting by mail with absentee ballot voting readily available to voters. The deadline to register to vote via mail or online is Oct. 26. New voters will be permitted to register in-person on Nov. 3. Early voting will be open statewide from Oct. 16 to Nov. 2. More information can be online.

What is your credit union doing to #GetOutTheVote? We would love to hear from you — please contact Jordan Beyer, NWCUA Grassroots Advocacy Manager. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @CUGetOutTheVote for more updates around the election.

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