Frequently Asked Questions

We Vote For Health is dedicated to providing biopharmaceutical industry employees with the necessary tools to be an Innovation Voter when you head to the polls on November 3:

  • Register to vote in your state: Voting is important and we can help you get started.
  • Find your polling place: Search our database for where you should vote.
  • Learn how to vote early or absentee: Some states allow voters to vote early, even if they are able to make it to the polls on Election Day.
  • Meet the candidates running for office in your community: Look up and read up on the individuals running for office at the federal, state and local level.

In addition to working to improve health and economic viability, many biopharmaceutical companies provide philanthropic outreach in local communities through grants and programs supporting access to affordable health coverage and medicine, primary and secondary education, social services, arts, and other community needs.

Supported by PhRMA, We Work For Health seeks to educate our elected leaders, the news media and the communities they serve about the important contributions these companies and their employees make to the health and economic security of individuals, local communities, states and the nation.

These biopharmaceutical companies stand together with our business and community partners to educate elected leaders on critical public policy issues that allow our sector, and the surrounding community, to thrive, so that together we:

  • Foster an environment for increased economic development and serve as a positive economic driver;
  • Lead in the research and development of new cures, which make a difference in the quality of life for millions of Americans;
  • Can invest effectively in our communities, our patients, our employees and our business and community partners;
  • Believe everyone should have access to products and services that can improve their health and quality of life; and
  • Participate in community service efforts that demonstrate good corporate citizenship and contribute to an increased quality of life in our communities.

Election Day is on November 3, 2020.

Absentee voting (aka “mail-in voting” and “by-mail voting”) is conducted by mail-in ballot before the day of Election Day.  Most states will mail a ballot to voters if certain conditions are met. The voter may return the ballot in person or by mail.  Some states will let voters apply for an absentee ballot in person before Election Day and then vote the ballot that same day.

  • Twenty-one states require voters to provide an excuse for voting by absentee ballot.  
  • Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia offer no-excuse absentee voting.

All application and submission deadlines for the primary and general elections will be displayed on this website.

According to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the National Mail Voter Registration Form can be used to register U.S. citizens to vote, to update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address or to register with a political party.

Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. Your state may permit you to vote during a designated early voting period. This lets registered voters vote on specified dates before Election Day. View your state page to see if you can participate in early voting. To learn more about early voting, visit this page

Yes! To vote when you are not in your home state, register for an absentee ballot or participate in early voting. To learn about your state’s deadlines, view your state page.

  • States that conduct all elections by mail:
    • Colorado
    • Hawaii 
    • Oregon
    • Utah
    • Washington 
  • States that permit counties to opt into conducting all elections by mail:
    • California: Any county may conduct any election as an all-mail election following statutory guidelines.  (Cal. Elec. Cde §§4005-4008).
    • Nebraska: Any county of less than 10,000 inhabitants may apply to the secretary of state to mail ballots for all elections in lieu of establishing polling places (Neb. Rev. Stat. §32-960).
    • North Dakota: Counties may conduct any election by mail. Applications for mailed ballots are sent to each individual listed on the central voter file (note that North Dakota does not require voter registration ahead of the election) and there must be one or more polling places in the county for voting in the usual manner (ND Cent. Code §16.1-11.1-01 et seq.)
  • States that permit some elections to be conducted by mail:
    • Alaska: Elections that are not held on the same day as a general, party primary or municipal election (Alaska Stat.§15.20.800)
    • Arizona: A city, town, school district or special district may conduct elections by mail (Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §16-409, §16-558)
    • Florida: Referendum elections at the county, city, school district or special district level (Fla. Stat. §101.6102)
    • Kansas: Nonpartisan elections at which no candidate is elected, retained or recalled and which is not held on the same date as another election (Kan. Stat. Ann. §25-432)
    • Maryland: Special elections not held concurrently with a regularly scheduled primary or general election (Md. Election Code §9-501)
    • Missouri: Nonpartisan issue elections at which no candidate is elected, retained or recalled and in which all qualified voters of one political subdivision are the only voters eligible to vote (Mo. Rev. Stat. §115.652 et seq.)
    • Montana: Any election other than a regularly scheduled federal, state, or county election; a special federal or state election, unless authorized by the legislature; or a regularly scheduled or special election when another election in the political subdivision is taking place at the polls on the same day (MCA 13-19-101 et seq.)
    • Wyoming: Counties may decide to conduct special elections not held in conjunction with a primary, general or statewide special election entirely by mail (Wyo. Stat. 22-29-115)
  • States that permit certain jurisdictions or portions of a jurisdiction to be designated as all-mail based on population: 
    • Idaho:  A precinct which contains no more than 140 registered electors at the last general election may be designated by the board of county commissioners a mail ballot precinct no later than April 1 in an even-numbered year (Idaho Code §34-308)
    • Minnesota: Elections conducted by a municipality having fewer than 400 registered voters on June 1 of an election year and not located in a metropolitan county (Minn. Stat. §204B.45)
    • Nevada: Whenever there were not more than 20 voters registered in a precinct for the last preceding general election (Nev. Rev. Stat. §293.213)
    • New Jersey: A municipality with a population of 500 or fewer persons, according to the latest federal decennial census, may conduct all elections by mail (NJRS §19.62-1)
    • New Mexico: A county may designate a precinct as a mail ballot election precinct if it has fewer than 100 voters and the nearest polling place for an adjoining precinct is more than 20 miles driving distance from the precinct boundary in question (N. M. Stat. Ann. § 1-6-22.1)

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures

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