VBM: It doesn’t make you do a thing it just lets you.

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.
  • 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.

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