Election Day is less than 100 days away, and many voters will soon be receiving their ballots in the mail or casting early ballots. Data from multiple editions of the Survey of the Performance of American Elections show that a growing number of voters are embracing these alternatives to traditional precinct voting.
In the 2014 general election:
Voters who plan to cast their ballots early or by mail this year should pay close attention to the rules and deadlines set by their states:
In addition, many jurisdictions require that an absentee ballot request be received at least one week before Election Day, and voters should make sure their ballot is returned in time to be processed and counted.
Information on state-by-state requirements can be found at Rock the Vote.
Alexis Schuler is the senior director and Kyle Ueyama is a research associate for election initiatives at The Pew Charitable Trusts.