Frankly, as mail-in voters we are not looking favorably on politicians who are unnecessarily delaying the processing and counting of our votes.
But with snafus with absentee ballots, drama with the postal service and large crowds expected on Election Day, Nov. 3, the process is predicted to attract a number of voters who want to cast their ballots with time and less crowding. "The election day deadline for the receipt of mail-in absentee ballots is unconstitutional "as applied" during a once-in-a-lifetime deadly pandemic".
State law in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, for example, does not allow election officials to process or count ballots until Election Day.
"We, therefore, grant the Secretary's petition for declarative relief, and direct the county boards of elections not to reject absentee or mail-in ballots for counting, computing, and tallying based on signature comparisons conducted by county election officials or employees, or as the result of third- party challenges based on such comparisons", Justice Debra Todd wrote in the opinion for a unanimous court.
Of the 38,626 ballots mailed to active voters, 1,088 ballots were returned as undeliverable.
There are plenty of reasons a voter might need to request a new ballot.
It notes that because of the pandemic, Gov. Asa Hutchinson entered an executive order August 7 that suspended part of the ballot statute, providing officials with more time to process absentee ballots, but didn't mention anything about giving them more time to count the ballots.
That means 11.5% of registered voters have already voted.
In either case, you can keep an eye on your ballot to make sure it has arrived and been accepted for counting.
In a divided opinion, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled 4-1 on Friday to uphold a judge's rejection of a lawsuit that sought to allow absentee ballots that were postmarked by November 3 to be counted.
Voter accessibility advocates have also notched key victories in other states, including Wisconsin, where an appeals court agreed last month to give voters more time to return their absentee ballots. There are still 126 ballots that require cures. Out of 208 ballots not accepted because they either weren't signed or the signature didn't match the clerk's records, 82 have been fixed.