Voter Suppression

Voters wait in line to vote during early voting Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Sandy Springs , Ga. AP / John Bazemore

The 2018 Midterm Election is less than 30 days away and voter registration deadlines around the country are closing in. 

Many states with historic races such as Florida and Georgia where two African-Americans are on the ticket for governor will see today as the last day to register potential voters.



Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas round out the first group of states with the early October deadline to register to vote.

In Florida, with the looming threat of Hurricane Michael hitting its gulf coast, state Democrats have sued to extend the voting deadline, the Associated Press reports.

See the complete list of states with the voter registration deadline of Oct. 9 below. 

Florida General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Oct. 27, 2018 – Nov. 3, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: In-Person, Received by Tues. Nov. 6, 2018

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Tues. Nov. 6, 2018 7:00PM

Georgia General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Oct. 15, 2018 – Nov. 5, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Received by Fri. Nov. 2, 2018

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Tues. Nov. 6, 2018

Hawaii General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Oct 23, 2018 – Nov 3, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Same Day Registration & Voting begins Tues. Oct. 23, 2018

Same Day Registration & Voting ends Sat. Nov. 3, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Tues. Oct. 30, 2018 4:30PM HST

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Received by Tues. Nov. 6, 2018

Illinois General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Sept. 27, 2018 – Nov. 5, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Online by Sun. Oct. 21, 2018

Voter Registration “Grace Period” Wed. Oct. 10, 2018 thru Election Day

Election Day Registration & Voting (Call Local Election Office)

Indiana General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Not available

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Online by Tues. Oct. 9, 2018 11:59PM

Request For Absentee Ballot: Request for Postal Ballot by Mon. Oct. 29, 2018 11:59PM

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Tues. Nov. 6, 2018 6:00PM

Kentucky General Election

Nov 6, 2018

Early Voting: Not available

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Tues. Oct. 30, 2018

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Tues. Nov. 6, 2018 6:00PM EST

Louisiana Primary Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Oct. 23, 2018 – Oct. 30, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Online by Tues. Oct. 16, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Fri. Nov. 2, 2018 4:30PM CDT

Michigan General Election

Nov 6, 2018

Early Voting: Not available

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Received by Sat. Nov. 3, 2018 2:00PM

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Received by Tues. Nov. 6, 2018 8:00PM

Mississippi General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Not available

Voter Registration Deadline

Postmarked by Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

In-Person, Received by Mon. Oct. 8, 2018 12:00PM CDT

Request For Absentee Ballot: No Deadline

Absentee Ballot Deadline: In-Person, Received by Sat. Nov. 3, 2018 12:00PM CDT

Montana General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Not available

Voter Registration Deadline

Postmarked by Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

In-Person Request by Tues. Nov. 6, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Received by Mon. Nov. 5, 2018 12:00PM MST

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Received by Tues. Nov. 6, 2018 8:00PM MST

New Mexico General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Oct. 9, 2018 – Nov. 3, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Postmarked by Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Post received by Fri. Oct. 12, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Fri. Nov. 2, 2018 5:00PM MDT

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Tues. Nov. 6, 2018 7:00PM MST

Ohio General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Not available

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Received by Sat. Nov. 3, 2018 12:00PM EDT

Absentee Ballot Deadline: In-Person, Received by Tues. Nov. 6, 2018 7:30PM EST

Pennsylvania General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Not available

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Received by Tues. Oct. 30, 2018 5:00PM EDT

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Received by Fri. Nov. 2, 2018 5:00PM EDT

Tennessee General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Oct. 17, 2018 – Nov. 1, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Tues. Oct. 30, 2018

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Tues. Nov. 6, 2018 8:00PM EST

Texas General Election

Nov. 6, 2018

Early Voting: Oct. 22, 2018 – Nov. 2, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline

Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Request For Absentee Ballot: Fri. Oct. 26, 2018

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Post received by Wed. Nov. 7, 2018 5:00PM CST





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