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Sat Aug 22, 2020, 11:40 AM

I am concerned many people are confused about whether to vote in person or by mail.

What if the virus picks up just before election day? Will people be afraid to go? But then it will be too late to order a ballot. Right?

Should we go ahead and order a ballot just in case? But then if you change you mind and vote in person I think you can only vote provisional, which is a hassle. Its a tough call.

I think we need more official guidance on how to make this decision.

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Reply I am concerned many people are confused about whether to vote in person or by mail. (Original post)
honest.abe Aug 22 OP
soothsayer Aug 22 #1
honest.abe Aug 22 #4
soothsayer Aug 22 #5
LisaL Aug 22 #13
honest.abe Aug 22 #18
scarytomcat Aug 22 #2
honest.abe Aug 22 #6
LisaL Aug 22 #10
SheltieLover Aug 22 #3
honest.abe Aug 22 #7
SheltieLover Aug 22 #12
Buckeye_Democrat Aug 22 #8
LisaL Aug 22 #9
Buckeye_Democrat Aug 22 #19
LisaL Aug 22 #21
honest.abe Aug 22 #11
LisaL Aug 22 #15
honest.abe Aug 22 #31
Buckeye_Democrat Aug 22 #33
SheltieLover Aug 22 #14
LisaL Aug 22 #17
SheltieLover Aug 22 #22
LisaL Aug 22 #24
SheltieLover Aug 22 #26
Buckeye_Democrat Aug 22 #29
SheltieLover Aug 22 #16
Buckeye_Democrat Aug 22 #34
SheltieLover Aug 22 #35
beachbumbob Aug 22 #20
LisaL Aug 22 #23
SheltieLover Aug 22 #27
SheltieLover Aug 22 #25
honest.abe Aug 22 #28
LisaL Aug 22 #30
honest.abe Aug 22 #32
SheltieLover Aug 22 #37
SheltieLover Aug 22 #36
honest.abe Aug 22 #38

Response to honest.abe (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 11:43 AM

1. Early in person if your state allows

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 11:46 AM

4. Good suggestion.

But my point is that many may not be aware of the options and the implications of each option. I think there should be some mass communication... mailings, email, etc, to voters with custom voting information for each state. Maybe Bloomberg could fund this.

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 11:47 AM

5. Ah, I gotcha

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:08 PM

13. It's kind of hard to make recommendations when nobody knows what exactly will be going on in

November. Will covid cases rise, making vote in person even more risky? Will USPS work properly? I would say in states with early voting, if your early voting place is not very crowded and you are already going out and about, the safest option is probably to go vote early.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:11 PM

18. Yes indeed.

But I think we need better information on the options and the implications of each option. Many are confused right now. That is not good and could result in many folks not voting.

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Response to honest.abe (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 11:44 AM

2. vote absentee and drop off

Carefully follow instruction

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Response to scarytomcat (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 11:48 AM

6. "carefully follow instruction"

That's part of my fear.. many wont. Voting shouldn't be complicated.

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Response to scarytomcat (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:00 PM

10. I managed to vote by mail during a primary.

So I am hopeful I will be able to do so during the election.

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Response to honest.abe (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 11:45 AM

3. I will not entruet my ballit to DeJoy's shit show

I will vote early, in person.

I'd planned to do mail in, but in TN ballots won't be mailed out until mid-October!

Convenient, right?

The primary was 8/6 & >300 votes came in by mail during the following week.

I will not take that chance.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 11:50 AM

7. Yep, I think many feel the same way.

Many don't trust the USPS anymore with whats going on. which is very unfortunate.

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:07 PM

12. It is a sad situation

Especially in that he has not been removed and imprisoned for destroying our taxpayet-funded sorting machines & letter drop boxes.

Truly unfortunate & infuriating.

I won't entrust my ballot to DeJoy.

And I want a clear win for Joe from in-person votes on election night. 😉

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Response to honest.abe (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 11:51 AM

8. Well, I've already mailed my absentee ballot request.

I'll track it online after the date of them being mailed-out arrives.

Glad that I reviewed the BOE website because I mistakenly thought the ballot must have a postmark. Nope! I can drop it off at the local BOE office in-person! (No idea why I thought a postmark was required, unless it used to be that way?)

So that's my plan. Then track it online again.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 11:59 AM

9. Postmark is needed if your ballot arrives after the election.

In OH, ballot has up to 10 days after the election to arrive to be counted, as long as its postmarked the day before the election.
Boards of election should have a drop off box somewhere, that should be monitored, and where one can drop the ballot off (in all its envelopes, I am assuming).

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Response to LisaL (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:12 PM

19. Yep, but that ballot will get dropped-off ASAP...

... after I get it and complete it.

My main worry is getting the ballot mailed to me in a timely manner now! Not a major worry, but I've indeed received NO MAIL this whole week! That's pretty unusual.

Edit: My only delivery were the masks from Menard's you told me about, but those were through UPS.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #19)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:13 PM

21. Yes, that's a worry for sure.

I am still getting mail. Even one mail piece that went missing eventually made its way to me.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:05 PM

11. Did you read this?

Alarming rate of absentee ballot rejections this year

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213951196

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #11)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:10 PM

15. People might have not voted at all if not able to vote absentee.

Our in person primary was cancelled the evening before the primary. If I didn't vote absentee, I wouldn't have been able to vote.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #15)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:20 PM

31. Yes, understood.

For some that's the only option so that makes the decision easier.

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #31)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:42 PM

33. I'll be super-careful doing it.

I'm careless sometimes, but not with something like an absentee ballot. I'll probably review it about half a dozen times. Lol.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:09 PM

14. Glad you got it in pearly!

In TN, ballots will not be mailed to voters until mid-October. 😏

Glad you are tracking your ballot, too!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:10 PM

17. Nobody is getting any ballots yet.

In OH, they won't be starting mailing them until October 6th.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:14 PM

22. Pls see post #8

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #22)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:15 PM

24. He send his ballot request. Which is not the same as a ballot.

Ballot request is the form in which you ask for the board of elections to send you your ballot.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #24)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:16 PM

26. Ty

Sorry misread. Lots of distractions here atm. 😊

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #26)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:18 PM

29. That's okay. Yep, she was correct about what I meant.

I'm a bit slow with my replies. Lol.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:10 PM

16. PS - Please everyone check your laws - no drop off allowed in TN

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:44 PM

34. Yes, everyone should do that!

I'm in OH, obviously.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #34)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:47 PM

35. 👍

Michelle told everyone to pack a lunch & vote in person. I concur!

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Response to honest.abe (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:13 PM

20. In person early voting is way simple and no issue with mail.

Takes 10 minutes at our clerks office

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Response to beachbumbob (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:14 PM

23. It all depends on your location.

In some places its not simple and easy.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #23)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:17 PM

27. Very true!

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Response to beachbumbob (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:15 PM

25. Same here!

But for some folks, early voting is also all day lines. Repuke run states.

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Response to beachbumbob (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:17 PM

28. Yes, I am thinking that is the best option at this point, if allowed.

Do you know if all states will allow early voting?

Hopefully there will be some communication to all voters on if, when and where we can early vote.

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #28)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:19 PM

30. Go to your state's board of election. It should list all the rules.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #30)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:22 PM

32. Yes, I know. I am talking about the millions of voters out there who arent that connected.

If its too complicated or confusing they might not vote. Dumb I know given the circumstances but there are many voters like that.

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #32)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:49 PM

37. Yes there are!!!

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #28)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:49 PM

36. Check local laws

They will have dates, times & locations listed.

For me, early voting begins mid-Oct.

Different everywhere. If you cannot find info, pls let me know & I will look up site. 👍

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #36)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 12:53 PM

38. Yes, I have the information for Maryland which is where I live.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2020/08/20/maryland-voting-guide-faq/

But my point is this type of information needs to be better disseminated to all voters in every state.

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