How is early voting different from absentee voting?

Both early in-person voting and absentee voting allow voters to cast a ballot prior to Election Day. However, there are key differences between the two methods of voting. Early voting allows voters to cast a ballot similar to how they would do so at a polling place on Election Day. Voters are issued a ballot and can personally insert it into the tabulator at their early voting site. Absentee voting allows voters to request a ballot by mail or in person at their local clerk’s office. Voters can complete their absentee ballot at home or at their local clerk’s office and submit it in an envelope by mail, in person, or by drop box. After an absentee ballot is received by the local clerk, the voter’s absentee ballot is processed and tabulated by their local clerk.

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1. What is early voting?
2. How is early voting different from absentee voting?
3. Who can vote early?
4. Can I register to vote at the early voting site?
5. Do I need a photo ID to vote at the early voting site?
6. What if I have a disability?
7. Where can I vote early?
8. When can I vote early?
9. If I’m in line to vote when an early voting site closes, can I still vote?
10. Can I vote early with an absentee ballot?
11. Is my early voting ballot secret?
12. Can I change my vote after voting early?
13. When are early voting ballots counted?
14. Is early voting secure?
15. Can someone vote twice by voting early and later submitting an absentee ballot?
16. Are election observers, such as poll watchers and challengers, allowed at the early voting site?
17. How are early voting ballots retained after the election?