Ballots are now arriving in mailboxes across the state for the 2019 Primary Election and voters may notice some changes as counties implement new voter registration laws to expand voter convenience and boost ballot security.

Changes include:

  • An increase in the number of replacement ballots issued by counties. When a voter changes their address, election workers must update the voter registration record with the new address, cancel the ballot that was sent to the previous address, and send the correct ballot to the voter’s new address.
  • Voters can update their address right up to election day. Previously, registered voters could not change their voting address during the voting period.
  • Ballot return envelopes now include prepaid postage, so stamps are not required when voters return their ballots by mail.

For the August primary, applications needed to be submitted by July 29. After July 29, citizens can visit a local voting center or county elections office in person to register, update their addresses, receive a replacement ballot, or vote until 8 p.m. on Election Day.