I’ve posted on this topic before, but, given the general atmosphere of misinformation and unease, this is a good time to reiterate that Vote by Mail (VBM) is a safe, legal and well-administered program that increases voter participation in our county. The reason the President is trying to undermine trust in VBM is because it works so well.
HOWEVER, here are a few recommendations to make sure that your vote is counted:
- Sign up now and choose the “Request Ballot for All Elections” option, which sets you up for vote by mail for the next two years. In the words of one of my favorite songs, “It doesn’t make you do a thing it just lets you.” You may still vote in person even if you have received a ballot in the mail. When you go to vote in person, you may be asked to surrender your unused ballot or just to state that you have destroyed it.
- Watch for your ballot, which should be mailed to you 33 days before election.
- Return your ballot by US mail (postage paid by the county), drop it off during early voting , or deliver it to one of the elections department’s drop off sites before 7 pm on election day. If you put your ballot in the mail, make sure to vote as early as possible. Your ballot must be received (not postmarked) by election day.
- DON’T FORGET TO SIGN YOUR BALLOT. The vast majority of ballots rejected in the primary were rejected because they were not signed. If there is a problem with your ballot, the elections department will try to contact you and give you the opportunity to “cure” your ballot, but that takes time that you may not have.
- Track your ballot. By law, the county may start counting ballots 30 days before election day. The tracker will indicate when your ballot has been received and counted. If your ballot is not listed as received by election day, you may vote in person at your usual precinct. If the elections department cannot determine whether your ballot was received by election day by checking their own internal records, you will be offered a provisional ballot.