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Are you voting by mail? Here's what you need to know

Posted at 4:43 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 16:43:34-04

We’re just a few weeks away from Election Day. If you’re thinking about mailing in your ballot, there are a few things members of the League of Women Voters want you to know.

Monica Elliot, president of the League of Women Voters in Broward County, says voters who want to vote-by-mail should request their ballots ASAP.

“If you wait until last minute to request a vote-by-mail ballot, you shouldn’t return it via mail. You should either take it to an early voting site or to one of the SOE offices in Broward County,” said Monica.

Monica recommends to mail out your ballot before October 19th. Any day after that she says you should drop your off ballot at any of the early voting sites.

“It’s important to know that on the Monday, November 2nd and on Election Day, November 3rd, the only places that you can drop off your ballot are at the SOE offices,” added Monica.

Now that important dates are out of the way, let’s talk about how to fill out your ballot. First, make sure you have a ballpoint pen.

“Do not use a magic marker because that will seep through the ballot. Just a plain black pen. All you have to do is fill out the oval. Not a check mark or an “X”. [And] you don’t want any stray marks on the ballot,” said Monica.

Next, place it into the privacy sleeve that’s provided and seal it in the return envelope. And don’t forget to sign it.

“If you’re unclear as to how your signature should look, we recommend looking at your Florida Driver’s License or your Florida ID. However you sign those documents that’s the way to sign your return envelope and then add the date that you signed it,” said Monica.

If you’re concerned about your ballot never getting to the Supervisor of Elections. Past president of the League of Women Voters in Miami-Dade County, Marisol Zenteno, says make sure to track your ballot.

“If you decide to mail it, you can go online at the supervisors of elections website and see that they’ve received it and that they can counted it. If you see any issues you can contact them or I’m sure they will contact you,” said Marisol.

Here are some important dates to remember:

  • The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is October 24th
  • It’s recommended to mail out your ballot by October 19th
  • Once early voting is done, you have until 7pm on Election Day to drop your ballot at your county’s SOE offices.

You can find more information on voting and ballot questions here.

Virginia and North Carolina Election Resources

Key Dates and Deadlines

North Carolina

Oct. 9: Voter Registration Deadline Oct. 15-Oct. 31: Early Voting Oct. 27: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date Nov. 3: In-Person Voting

Virginia

Oct. 13: Voter Registration Deadline Sept. 18-Oct. 31: Early Voting Oct. 23: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date Nov. 3: In-Person Voting