Early (in-person) voting seen as strong option for concerned voters.

Reply Fri 14 Aug, 2020 01:35 pm
Early (in-person) voting seen as strong option for concerned voters.

Published August 14, 2020

Absentee and mail-in ballots have recently come under the spotlight, with some states struggling to count mail-in ballots during the primaries and President Donald Trump saying that mail-in ballots lead to voter fraud.

Election experts, however, say there's another voting method that's proven effective at tallying counts while reducing lines on Election Day: early in-person voting.

Forty-one states and the District of Columbia have rules that allow their constituents to lock in their vote days before Election Day -- even on weekends -- either at in-person polling stations or through in-person absentee submissions.

Wendy Underhill, the director of elections and redistricting for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), which as part of its mandate provides information on early in-person options, told ABC News that the early-voting system has previously been instrumental in decreasing lines of voters on Election Day.

"I think any election official would be glad to see them come through earlier, especially during COVID," she told ABC News.

Underhill and other experts say they're concerned that some election officials aren't doing enough to promote early in-person voting or expand it to more locations. But they say there's still time for election officials and state leaders to let voters know the option is available.

A rise in popularity

Early in-person voting has been part of some states’ election laws as far back as 1921, when Louisiana and Texas established in-person absentee balloting, according to the NCSL.

Thirty-eight states have approved early in-person voting for at least some of their counties since the 1960s.

Thirteen states allow voters who opt for mail or absentee voting to (drop off) their ballots at their election office or designated (drop-off) sites.

Some districts count these votes as an absentee ballot in their tallies, according to experts.

Twenty-seven states open up polling sites in some or all of their districts in the weeks before the election and mark the ballots right there and then.

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Real Music
Reply Sun 16 Aug, 2020 01:35 am
Election ballots; everybody must know.

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Real Music
Reply Tue 6 Oct, 2020 11:29 pm
Mailbox break-ins at multiple Central Virginia post offices.

The United States Postal Inspection Service and police are investigating after someone took a pried open and stole mail from post office mailboxes in multiple locations around Central Virginia, according to police and the U.S. Postal Service.

Published October 5, 2020

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bobsal u1553115
Reply Wed 7 Oct, 2020 05:30 pm
@Real Music,
Everyone who can vote in person should. I will wear my mask, my gloves and long sleeved shirt. I won't touch anything I don't have to. I will go directly home, peel off my clothes and take a shower. I want him to know clearly at midnight Nov 3 he lost 'bigley" before the counting of absentee ballots start.
Reply Wed 7 Oct, 2020 05:32 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
On last night tonight they showed a vid of a bloke who queued up for over seven hours in order to vote.
bobsal u1553115
Reply Wed 7 Oct, 2020 05:37 pm
And that's early voting, four weeks before election night. We are heading for record turnout. And it will not work out well for Trumpelinski.
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Reply Mon 2 Nov, 2020 11:43 am
@bobsal u1553115,
Me too. I doubt I'll have a long wait, but we'll see.
Reply Mon 2 Nov, 2020 02:12 pm
I encountered short lines and little wait time. By voting early, I had the choice of waiting a day or two if there were a very long, slow line and possibly a nice cold rain. Had I waited for the third, I might have had to put up with an agonizing wait with no restrooms without losing my place in line.
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Reply Mon 2 Nov, 2020 07:47 pm
Early voting is no longer an option.

Make sure you get to the polls.
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