Important Election Dates & Deadlines

General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – Polls are open 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
October 9, 2020 Last day to register by mail, in-person, or online to vote. Applications sent by mail must be postmarked by this date and received by the board of elections by October 14.
October 14, 2020 Deadline for notices of change of address to be received by the board of elections.
October 27, 2020 Last day to apply online, by email, fax or to postmark an application by mail for an absentee ballot.
November 2, 2020 Last day to apply in-person for absentee ballot.
November 3, 2020 Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than November 10.
November 3, 2020 Last day to deliver ballot in-person to the local board of elections or to any poll site.

Election & Voting Information

How to Vote By Mail or Absentee in all 50 StatesVote by Mail / Absentee

A guide – written for seniors, but applicable to all registered voters – detailing the guidelines, deadlines, and steps to take to vote by mail or absentee ballot.

Vote Smart FACTS MATTERProject Vote Smart

Organization dedicated to providing information on candidates and elected officials backgrounds, voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations from over 100 competing special interest groups.


Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund in 2006, is a “one-stop-shop” for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information.

The official website of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has sponsored all of the presidential debates since 1988. Upcoming Presidential debate information can be found here.

Rock the VoteRock the Vote

The largest nonprofit and nonpartisan organization in the United States driving youth to the polls. The organization has pioneered ways to make voting easier for young adults by simplifying and demystifying voter registration and elections.

Fact Checking


PolitiFact is an independent fact-checking journalism website. PolitiFact’s reporters and editors fact-check statements from the White House, Congress, candidates, advocacy groups and more, rating claims for accuracy, providing analysis of the claim and explanation of reasoning, along with links to sources.

A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

Campaign Finance

Run by the Center for Responsive Politics, whose mission is to: “Inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives, Empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information, Advocate for a transparent and responsive government.”

The National Institute on Money in State Politics is a nonpartisan, non profit organization that researches the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states.

Federal Election CommissionFederal Election Commission

Government agency that oversees the financing of federal elections.

Resources for Kids

Ben's Guide to the U.S. GovernmentBen’s Guide to the U.S. Government

Kids visiting this site will learn about the different branches of government, the election process, how laws are made, and more.


iCivics teaches students how government works by having them experience it directly. Through games, the player steps into any role – a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist fighting for local change, even the President of the United States – and does the job they do.

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