Hospitalized Absentee Voters

Unforeseeable Hospitalization

An absentee voter who is confined to a hospital or whose minor child is confined to a hospital due to an accident or unforeseeable medical emergency occurring after the absentee voting by mail application deadline of 12:00 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day may vote by absentee ballot.

Any such voter applies using SOS Form 11-B or any written application containing all the required information plus the hospital at which the applicant or the applicant’s minor child has been admitted, the date of the applicant’s or the applicant’s child’s admission to the hospital, and the offices for which the applicant is qualified to vote.

To be eligible under this provision, you or your minor child must be confined in a hospital because of an accident or unforeseeable medical emergency. Your application must specify where, why, and when you or your minor child came to be hospitalized. If you or your minor child is hospitalized in the same county where you are registered to vote, two representatives of the board of elections can deliver the ballot to you, wait while you mark the ballot, and return your voted ballot to the board office.

Additionally, you may include in your absentee ballot application a request that your county board of elections give your unmarked ballot to a designated relative – your spouse, father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, brother, sister, son, daughter, adopted parent, adopted child, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece – who shall deliver the ballot to you in the hospital and return your voted ballot to the board office.

Fillable PDF for download:

11-B Application for Absent Voter’s Ballot by Voter Hospitalized or Whose Minor Child is Hospitalized  because of an Accident or Unforeseeable Medical Emergency