Election Voting To Begin As First Ballots Are Sent Out

Election Voting To Begin As First Ballots Are Sent Out”

And if the margins in battleground states are very close, rejected mail-in ballots could lead to protracted, high-stakes court fights.

MI and Wisconsin are also reporting a surge in absentee ballot requests for November.

In 2016, just one-quarter of the United States electorate cast votes through the mail.

While ballots go out in two weeks in other battlegrounds like Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all eyes are on North Carolina as it leads off.

"What we do need to ask of our voters is to be patient", she said Thursday.

North Carolina has logged more than 643,000 requests already, far outstripping previous years.

Nearly every state is seeing a similar surge in demand. And election officials and the parties should do everything they can to educate mail-in voters to do it correctly. Currently, election data in states including Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida show Democrats are doing more to take advantage of mail-in options.

In North Carolina, 337,362 Democrats requested ballots as of September 4, compared with 103,620 Republicans and 200,359 unaffiliated voters. Other states are seeing similar patterns.

Still, it's too soon to tell how many of these ballots will eventually be returned and counted.

There's still plenty of time for voters to make up their mind about how they want to vote this year, when the election have been complicated by the public health concerns of COVID-19.

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Following McEnany's lead, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows also backed the President, saying in Pennsylvania that Trump was only suggesting that voters cast a ballot in-person if the mail ballot was not recorded. In Pennsylvania, another battleground state, residents' request for mail-in ballots must be received by October 27.

But only nine states and the District of Columbia plan to send ballots directly to all their voters, and the president continues to criticize mail-in voting in others, leading some Republican operatives to complain that it's discouraging their supporters from requesting ballots. Voting twice in North Carolina, as elsewhere, is a felony and his suggestion drew widespread rebuke from election officials around the country. Ballots cast on Election Day are expected to be mostly Republican. Voters in 33 states will be allowed to cast an absentee ballot without an excuse.

The president tried to walk back those comments slightly, tweeting Thursday that people should mail their ballots in as early as possible and then go to the polls to see if their vote had been counted yet. If not, they could then vote, he said.

But executive director of the North Carolina Board of Elections, Karen Bell, said Thursday that appearing at the polls after casting a mail-in ballot is "not necessary" and likely to cause further delays on Election Day.

If you are anxious about mail delays, send your ballot early.

If this had happened in Georgia, in a race a Republican narrowly won over a Democrat, it would be it considered a notorious offense against democracy. Late this month, ballots will start going out in Florida.

For most of the summer, President Donald Trump has been whining and fantasizing about the presidential election being stolen from him in November. The state has already received 4,270,781 requests.

What should be intolerable is any attempt to change the rules after the fact, although it's entirely conceivable that Democrats will feel compelled after November 3 to argue that the mail-in voting that they've done so much to promote is desperately flawed and deeply unjust.

The Democrats' advantage in mail-in voting will not necessarily translate into an advantage in the election, however.

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