Voting Information for June 7th Primaries

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Every election matters, and this year’s primaries will determine who leads your party in the critical upcoming midterm elections this fall. If you live in California, Iowa, Montana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, or South Dakota, your state primary is this Tuesday June 7, 2022. We’ve got some election information that we hope will answer some questions and make your trip to the polls much easier!

California:

  • Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.
  • You may return your absentee ballot by mailing it to your county elections officialno later than 7 days after Election Day. 
  • You can drop your ballot off at a drop-off location or into a ballot drop box within the state. 
  • Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered to a ballot drop-off location must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8 PM on Election Day.
  • You can authorize someone to return the ballot on your behalf. Anyone may return your ballot for you, as long as they do not get paid on a per ballot basis. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope. 
  • If you are not sure your absentee ballot will arrive in time if mailed, bring it to any polling place in the state between 7 AM and 8 PM on Election Day.
  • You can register to vote at your local polling place all the way up to and including Election Day.
  • In-person voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance to those who need it.
  • Find your polling place here.
  • Click here to check your voter registration. 
  • Click here to see more information on early voting and voting by mail.

Iowa:

  • Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.
  • You can register to vote all the way up to and including Election Day. To do so, you first must go to the correct polling place for your current address on Election Day.
  • Absentee ballots cannot be delivered to a polling place on Election Day. If you have not returned your absentee ballot by Election Day, you have the following options:
    • Deliver your completed absentee ballot to the County Auditor’s Office before the polls close on election day,
    • Surrender your absentee ballot at the polls and vote in person, or
    • Submit a provisional ballot at the polls if you cannot surrender your absentee ballot.
  • Find your polling place here.
  • Click here to check your voter registration. 

Montana:

  • Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.
  • An application for an absentee ballot may be mailed, or dropped off at the County Election Office.
  • Applications for an absentee ballot must be received by the County Election Office by noon the day before the election. You can drop off your application and pick up your absentee ballot at the same time.
  • Absentee ballots must be received at the Election Office or polling place by 8:00 PM on Election Day.
  • Voter registration closes at noon on June 6th, one day before Election Day.
  • Check your voter registration and find your polling place here.

Mississippi:

  • Polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM. 
  • Mississippi does not offer in-person early voting, so you must vote on Election Day.
  • Contact your Circuit Clerk’s Office to see if you are entitled to vote by mail-in absentee ballot, and if you qualify, request an Official Application for Absentee Elector’s Ballot be mailed to you.
  • There are very specific qualifications for absentee voting by mail and you have until Saturday, June 4th to apply:
    • Being away from your county on Election Day.
    • You are a student, teacher, or administrator at a school whose studies or employment there requires your absence from your county.
    • You have a temporary or permanent physical disability that renders you unable to vote in person, or you are that person’s parent or spouse.
    • You are sixty-five (65) years of age or older.
    • You are required to work on Election Day.
    • You are a disabled veteran or member of the Red Cross.
  • The Circuit Clerk will send the Official Application for Absentee Elector’s Ballot by mail. The application will ask you to check what absentee qualification you are applying for.
  • Once you receive your application, fill it out and mail it back to your Circuit Clerk’s Office.
  • Completed absentee ballots must be returned by mail and must be postmarked on or before Election Day and mailed to the Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s Office.
  • All Mississippi voters casting a ballot in person at the polls, or casting an absentee ballot in the Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s Office, must present one of the following forms of acceptable photo ID: driver’s license, passport, firearms license, student ID issued by a Mississippi public university, tribal photo ID, or Mississippi voter ID card.
  • Find your polling place here.
  • Click here to check your voter registration.

New Jersey:

  • Polls are open from 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • If you are voting by mail, your absentee ballot must be postmarked on or before 8 PM on Election Day and be received by your county’s Board of Elections no later than six days after the close of the polls on Monday, June 13th. 
  • Early in-person voting will be available from Friday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 5th. 
  • Each county, depending on its size, will designate a minimum of 3 to 10 voting locations for early in-person voting purposes. 
  • Click here to find your county’s early voting locations.
  • Accommodations will be made for voters with disabilities. If you have a disability, make sure to fill out this form to specify difficulties you’ve faced at polls in the past, so that the location can accommodate you accordingly.
  • Find your polling place here.
  • Click here to check your voter registration.

New Mexico:

  • Polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM.
  • Absentee ballots must be returned to the County Clerk’s Office or voter’s precinct by 7 PM on Election Day to be counted.
  • Any eligible voter can register to vote or update their voter registration up to and on Election Day at their County Clerk’s Office, or at any polling location in their county. 
  • Find your polling place here.
  • Click here to check your voter registration.

South Dakota:

  • Polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM.
  • To vote by absentee ballot, a voter must request an absentee ballot application from your County Election Official
  • Your absentee ballot must be received by your County Election Official on Election Day in enough time for your ballot to be delivered to your voting precinct before the polls close at 7 PM.
  • All voters must show proof of identification.
  • Approved forms of photo identification include a driver’s license or non driver ID card, passport, U.S. Armed Forces ID, current student photo identification card from a South Dakota high school or South Dakota university, and tribal photo ID.
  • If you don’t have a photo ID, you can sign a personal identification affidavit.
  • Find your polling place and check your voter registration here.

You may notice from these lists that from state to state, voting laws are drastically different – it’s much easier to vote in some states than others. If you’re interested in learning more about protecting and expanding voting rights, including how you can help in the fight for access to the vote, be sure to check out these organizations:

We hope this helps! As always, please drop us a note if you have any questions. Happy voting!

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