Do I need a reason to vote by absentee ballot?

You might. A small number of states still require a reason (excuse) to vote by absentee ballot. In these states, you will have to affirm that you cannot vote in person for physical reasons, such as age, disability, or being physically absent from your county on Election Day. 

You can check the Voting Methods and Options page on our website to see if your state offers Absentee Voting with or without an "excuse." 

If an excuse is required, go to our State Voting Requirements directory, choose your state, and on the following page select your voting location and the "General Information" section. Next, scroll down to the section on absentee voting to see the list of reasons.