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Voting by Mail-Tips to Make Sure Your Vote Gets Counted

08/25/2020 3:08 PM | Anonymous

The rules and regulations for voting by mail are stricter than showing up at the polls and voting in person.  Some 200 million Americans are eligible to vote by mail and millions are expected to take advantage of voting by mail to protect their health.  If this is your first time voting by mail follow these six steps to protect your vote:

1. Request your ballot EARLY.  Voters in nine states and the District of Columbia will receive ballots in the mail automatically.  The rest of us are required to ask for a mail ballot from election officials.

2. Read the instructions and contact election officials if you are confused.  Election officials typically include instructions with each mail in ballot.  Read them and follow them carefully to make sure you don't miss a step.

3. If you sign your name, consider signature matching.  Some states verify your ballot by matching your signature to your signature on file with the government, for example the signature on your driver's license or your original voter registration card. 

4. Avoid stray marks, tears or mistakes that could disqualify your ballot.  Follow the instructions concerning ink color, areas to mark or sign, and directions on how to place the ballot inside the return envelope.  Contact your local election office if you make a mistake.  DO NOT CROSS OUT or CORRECT.

5. Return your ballot as soon as possible.

6.  If you are confused contact your election officials.  Go to their website or call their office and get in touch with them directly.  They are responsible for making sure that you have accurate information.

Read more at The Washington Post

Check out this state-by-state voting guide on AARP

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