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.