Election Risk Update: Experts Concerned About Mail-In Ballots Being Counted
Have you returned your mail-in ballot?
In the 2016 and 2018 elections, approximately 1.2% of mail-in ballots were disqualified as ineligible, generally because they either arrived late at election offices or because they were missing a valid signature. This year, over 81 million mail-in ballots--double the amount in 2016--have been requested, and experts are concerned that a greater percentage of those ballots will be rejected. In jurisdictions with tight races, the margins of victory could be on the same order as the number of ballots rejected.
- Critical Point #1: If you are voting by mail, all but five states now offer ballot tracking options that you can use to ensure your vote is counted.
- Critical Point #2: To ensure your vote is counted, it is vital that you return your mail-in ballot as early as possible so that it is received by the deadline in your state.
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