Voting & Civic Engagement

Updated 8.27.2020

We know that coaches are navigating the waters to register and educate student-athletes on voting. The WBCA Social Justice Task Force has worked to provide programming and resources to help educate your teams about the importance of voting and civic engagement.

Programming and Initiatives

WBCA & NABC Voter Engagement Coaches Forum

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Moderator: Christy Winters Scott, analyst, ESPN
Forum Participants: Eric Reveno, associate head men's basketball coach, Georgia Tech; Brian Rosario, assistant women's basketball coach, Pepperdine; Charmin Smith, head women's basketball coach, California; Gary Stewart, head men’s basketball coach, Stevenson.
Info: Voter registration and turnout historically lag for our nation’s younger Millennial and Gen Z populations – including student-athletes. In this WBCA-NABC Coaches Forum, learn about the efforts being taken by the WBCA and NABC to increase student-athlete voter engagement and how coaches can support this movement.
Registration: This free session is open the public. Click here to register.

WBCA & RISE Civic Engagement Workshop

Date: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Facilitator: Dr. Andrew Mac Intosh, VP of Curriculum, RISE
Info: The need for civic engagement has never been greater as people across the country struggle with the pandemic, racism, economic hardships and more — all within the backdrop of the upcoming election that’s now just two months away. Join RISE and the WBCA as we discuss actions taking place across the sports industry, assess where you are on a civic engagement spectrum, and discuss ways to support your team’s efforts to make a positive impact within their communities. Click here to view the recording.

Voter Education Program in partnership with SAVE Alliance

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Host: Zach Kancher, Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Towson
Info: Founded by Zach Kancher, SAVE Alliance (Student-Athlete Voter Engagement) @athletesvote is a non-partisan voter education and engagement platform specifically designed for university athletic departments, coaches and student-athletes. @Athletesvote is the designated Voting Education Coordinator for Coaches 4 Change, a non-profit that provides a platform to engage, educate and empower young voters. Click here to view the recording.

#TakeChargeAndVote

On Monday, Aug. 3, the WBCA launched the #TakeChargeAndVote campaign. Every day leading up to National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 22), the WBCA will share history, facts and statistics on suffrage in the U.S., and the importance of voting to help with conversations coaches are having with their teams. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@WBCA1981), and turn on your notifications so that you don't miss these daily updates.

Voting Resources

Who Can and Can’t Vote in U.S. Elections?

(according to usa.org/voting)

You must be a U.S. citizen to vote in federal, state or local elections.

Who Can Vote?
Who Can't Vote?

You can vote in U.S. elections if you:

Check with your state or local election office for any questions about who can and cannot vote.

Action Items for Coaches and Teams

Fill out the 2020 Census

The goal of the census is to count every person living in the United States, once, only once and in the right place. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that this population and housing count occur every 10 years. Census data guide how more than $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year. Click here for more information about the 2020 Census.

Commit to 100% Team Voter Registration

Commit to a 100% voter registration with your team and with your staff. Post it on social media, tag @WBCA1981 and use the hashtag #WBCASocialJustice. Challenge other teams and coaches to get their teams to 100% voter registration.

Vote Together

Absentee ballots and mail-in voting deadlines vary from state to state. Work with your team and pick a day where everyone will mail in their ballots or go to a polling booth together to vote.

Learn & Educate Together

After registering to vote, educate yourself on the candidates that you are voting for as a team.

  • Attend in-person or digital speaking events.
  • Read voter guides.
  • Volunteer at a local polling booth.
  • Watch national, state, and local debates.
  • Watch the national conventions.

Deadlines and Websites by States

(according to vote.org)

Voter registration deadlines downloadable PDF
Voting election websites downloadable PDF
Absentee ballot deadlines downloadable PDF

 State 
State Voter Registration Site
Voter Registration Deadlines 
Absentee Ballot Application Deadline
Voted Absentee Ballot Deadline

Alabama 

Alabama Votes – The State of Alabama’s Official Election Center

  • In Person: 15 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 5 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 5 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day, received by noon on Election Day

Alaska 

Alaska Division of Elections

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day. If this falls on a Sunday, your voter registration form must be postmarked 31 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: Received 10 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 10 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 10 days before Election Day.

Postmarked by Election Day and received 10 days after Election Day.

Arizona 

State of Arizona – Elections 

  • In Person: 29 days before Election Day, or on the next immediate business day if the deadline falls on a legal holiday or weekend.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 29 days before Election Day, or on the next immediate business day if the deadline falls on a legal holiday or weekend.
  • Online: 29 days before Election Day, or on the next immediate business day if the deadline falls on a legal holiday or weekend.
  • In Person: 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Arkansas 

Arkansas Secretary of State – Elections 

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A
  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 7 days before Election Day.

Election Day.

California 

California Secretary of State – Elections and Voter Information

  • In Person: 15 days before Election Day. You can also conditionally register to vote in person through Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: On Election Day.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by Election Day and received within 3 days of Election Day.

Colorado 

Colorado Secretary of State – Elections & Voting

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 8 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 8 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: On Election Day.
  • By Mail: 8 days before Election Day.
  • Online: On Election Day

Received by Election Day.

Connecticut 

Connecticut Official State Website – Elections & Voting 

  • In Person: 7 days before Election Day. If you miss the deadline, you can also register at a designated Election Day Registration location in your town on Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 7 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: 1 day before Election Day. We recommend applying at 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Election Day.

Delaware 

State of Delaware – Department of Elections

  • In Person: 24 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 24 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 24 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: Before 12 Noon the day before the election.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 7 days before Election Day.

Received by Election Day.

District of Columbia 

DC Board of Elections

  • In Person: Election Day, with proof of residency.
  • By Mail: Received 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 7 days before Election Day.

Election Day.

Florida 

Florida Division of Elections 

  • In Person: 29 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 29 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 10 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 10 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 10 days before Election Day.

Received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Georgia 

Georgia Secretary of State – Elections 

  • In Person: 29 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 29 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 4 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 4 days before Election Day.

Election Day.

Hawaii 

State of Hawaii – Office of Elections 

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day. You can also register to vote during early voting or on Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Idaho 

Idaho Secretary of State’s Office – Elections, Campaign Disclosure and Lobbyists

  • In Person: Election Day. (You must show proof of residence to register at the polls on Election Day.)
  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 25 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 11 days before Election Day.

Received by 8 p.m. Election Day.

Illinois 

Illinois State Board of Elections

  • In Person: Election Day
  • By Mail: Postmarked 28 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 16 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 5 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 5 days before Election Day.

Postmarked by Election Day and received by 14 days after Election Day.

Indiana 

Official website of state of Indiana – Election Division

  • In Person: 29 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 29 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 12 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 12 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 12 days before Election Day.

Received by noon on Election Day.

Iowa 

Iowa Secretary of State

  • In Person: 10 days before Election Day. If you miss the deadline, you can also register to vote on Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day or received 10 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 10 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day unless the polls open at noon. If the polls open at noon, you may cast an absentee ballot at the county auditors office from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on election day.
  • By Mail: 10 days before general Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked one day before Election Day and received 6 days after Election Day.

Kansas 

State of Kansas Office of the Secretary of State – Elections

  • In Person: 21 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by Election Day and received 3 days after Election Day.

Kentucky 

Commonwealth of Kentucky – State Board of Elections

  • In Person: 29 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 29 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 6 p.m. Election Day.

Louisiana 

Louisiana Secretary of State – Elections & Voting

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 20 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 4:30 p.m., 4 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 4:30 p.m., 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 4:30 p.m., 4 days before Election Day.

Received by 4:30 p.m. day before Election Day (most voters). Election Day (hospitalized voters).

Maine 

State of Maine Department of the Secretary of State – Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 21 business days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A
  • In Person: 3 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 3 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 3 days before Election Day.

Received Election Day.

Maryland 

Maryland State Board of Elections

  • In Person: During early voting or on Election Day with proof of address. See election day registration instructions.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked on or before Election Day and received by 10 a.m., 10 days after Election Day.

Massachusetts 

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Elections Division

  • In Person: 20 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 20 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 20 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: Noon, 1 day before Election Day, but applying at least 7 days before Election Day is recommended.
  • By Mail: Noon, 1 day before Election Day, but applying at least 7 days before Election Day is recommended.
  • Online: N/A

Received Election Day.

Michigan 

Office of the Secretary of State – Elections

  • In Person: Election Day. If you plan to register in person within 14 days of Election Day, you will need to present proof of residency (a document with your name and current address in the city or township where you wish to register to vote).
  • By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received Election Day. 

Minnesota 

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State 

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 1 day before Election Day.

Postmarked by Election Day, and received up to 7 days after Election Day if mailed, or by 3 p.m. on Election Day if delivered in person.

Mississippi 

Secretary of State – Elections & Voting

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A
  • In Person: No specific deadline.
  • By Mail: No specific deadline.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 5 p.m., 1 day before Election Day (by mail); Received 3 days before Election Day (in person).

Missouri 

Missouri Secretary of State – Elections & Voting

  • In Person: 27 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 27 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 27 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 13 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received Election Day. 

Montana 

Montana Secretary of State – Elections & Voter Services

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day and received 27 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A
  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Noon, 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received 8 p.m. Election Day.

Nebraska 

Official Nebraska Government Website - Elections & Voting

  • In Person: 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 18 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 18 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received Election Day.

Nevada 

Nevada Secretary of State – Elections

  • In Person: 28 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 28 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 5 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 14 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 14 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked on or before Election Day.

New Hampshire 

New Hampshire Secretary – Elections Division

  • In Person: Election Day
  • By Mail: Received between 6 and 13 days before Election Day, depending on which town you live in.
  • Online: N/A
  • In Person: No specific deadline.
  • By Mail: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 5pm Election Day.

New Jersey 

Department of State New Jersey Division of Elections

  • In Person: 21 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A
  • In Person: 3 p.m , the day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by Election Day and received within 48 hours of polls closing.

New Mexico 

New Mexico Secretary of State

  • In Person: 28 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 28 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 28 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 5 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 5 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 5 days before Election Day.

Received 7 p.m. Election Day.

New York 

New York State Board of Elections

  • In Person: 25 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day and received no later than 20 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 25 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received 7 days after Election Day. Voted ballots can also be turned in by hand on election day.

North Carolina 

North Carolina State Board of Elections

  • In Person: 25 days before Election Day. If you miss the voter registration deadline, you can still register in person during early voting until 3 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day and received 20 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 25 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 5 p.m. 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 5 p.m. 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by Election Day and received by 3 days after Election Day.

North Dakota 

Secretary of State North Dakota

  • In Person: North Dakota does not have voter registration. You simply need to bring valid proof of ID and residency to the polls in order to vote.
  • By Mail: North Dakota does not have voter registration. You simply need to bring valid proof of ID and residency to the polls in order to vote.
  • Online: North Dakota does not have voter registration. You simply need to bring valid proof of ID and residency to the polls in order to vote.
  • In Person: No specific deadline.
  • By Mail: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: No specific deadline.

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day.

Ohio 

Ohio Secretary of State – Elections & Voting in Ohio

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: Received by noon, 3 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by noon, 3 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received 10 days after Election Day.

Oklahoma 

Oklahoma State Election Board

  • In Person: 25 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A
  • In Person: 6 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 6 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 6 days before Election Day.

Received by 7 p.m. Election Day.

Oregon 

Oregon Secretary of State – Voting & Elections

  • In Person: 21 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: Submit address change at least 5 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Pennsylvania 

Pennsylvania Department of State – Voting & Elections

  • In Person: 15 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 7 days before Election Day.

Received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Rhode Island 

State of Rhode Island Board of Elections

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day. You may also register in person on Election Day but only for Presidential elections.
  • By Mail: Received 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 4 p.m., 21 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 4 p.m., 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received 8 p.m., Election Day.

South Carolina 

South Carolina Election Commission

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 4 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received 7 p.m., Election Day.

South Dakota 

South Dakota Secretary of State – State Board of Elections

  • In Person: 15 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A
  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before ElectionDay.
  • By Mail: 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before ElectionDay.
  • Online: N/A

Received Election Day.

Tennessee 

Tennessee Secretary of State – Elections

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received Election Day.

Texas 

Texas Secretary of State – Elections Division

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A
  • In Person: 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by Election Day and received by the day after Election Day.

Utah 

Utah Lieutenant Governor Elections

  • In Person: 7 days before Election Day. You can also register at the polls on Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 7 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: Submit address change 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received 6 days after Election Day.

Vermont 

Vermont Secretary of State – Elections Division

  • In Person: Election Day. (You must show proof of residence to register at the polls on Election Day.)
  • By Mail: Received by Election Day.
  • Online: Election Day. But if you register online the day before or on Election Day, your application may not be processed and your name may not appear on the checklist and you may be asked to fill out another application at the polls. To be sure your name appears on the checklist, please register by the Friday before the election.
  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before ElectionDay.
  • Online: 1 day before Election Day.

Received Election Day.

Virginia 

Virginia Department of Elections

  • In Person: 22 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 22 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 22 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 3 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 11 days before Election Day.

Postmarked by Election Day and received by noon 3 days after Election Day.

Washington 

Secretary of State – Elections

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: 8 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 8 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: No specific deadline. We recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by Election Day and received 5 days after Election Day.

West Virginia 

Secretary of State – Elections Division

  • In Person: 21 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 6 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 6 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 7 days before Election Day.

Postmarked by Election Day and received by 6 days after Election Day. (Ballots with no postmark will be counted if received by 1 day after Election Day.)

Wisconsin 

Wisconsin Elections Commission

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 20 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 20 days before Election Day.
  • In Person: 5 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 5 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 5 days before Election Day.

Received 8 p.m., Election Day.

Wyoming 

Wyoming Secretary of State – Election Center

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 14 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A
  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before ElectionDay.
  • By Mail: 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before ElectionDay.
  • Online: N/A

Received 7 p.m., Election Day.