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1. What’s the first thing I should do before I vote?

1. What’s the first thing I should do before I vote?

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Check your voter registration status to make sure your name is still on the list at the right address. Then check to see where you’re voting and whether your state requires you to show an ID before you vote.

Check your voter registration status to make sure your name is still on the list at the right address. Then check to see where you’re voting and whether your state requires you to show an ID before you vote.

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2. I forgot to register to vote! Can I still register?

2. I forgot to register to vote! Can I still register?

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Registration deadlines for primaries and the general election vary from state to state, so it may not be too late for you!

Registration deadlines for primaries and the general election vary from state to state, so it may not be too late for you!

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3. I’m registered, but haven’t voted in the last few elections. Should I be worried?

3. I’m registered, but haven’t voted in the last few elections. Should I be worried?

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First, double-check to make sure you’re still a registered voter. The definition of “inactive voter” varies by state, and a state can purge your name off the rolls, so make sure to check here before you head to the polls.

First, double-check to make sure you’re still a registered voter. The definition of “inactive voter” varies by state, and a state can purge your name off the rolls, so make sure to check here before you head to the polls.

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4. The election is in November. Do I really need to request a mail-in ballot now?

4. The election is in November. Do I really need to request a mail-in ballot now?

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Yes. Both your state and the U.S. Postal Service are expecting a huge uptick in the number of requests for mail-in ballots. While the USPS is confident it can meet demand, it has said that it could take up to 14 days for you to receive and return your request forms and ballots. So the earlier you send it, the more time that election offices have to prepare and make sure that everyone who wants to vote by mail will be able to.

Yes. Both your state and the U.S. Postal Service are expecting a huge uptick in the number of requests for mail-in ballots. While the USPS is confident it can meet demand, it has said that it could take up to 14 days for you to receive and return your request forms and ballots. So the earlier you send it, the more time that election offices have to prepare and make sure that everyone who wants to vote by mail will be able to.

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5. I'm hearing that the U.S. Postal Service might not be able to meet the demand for mail-in ballots. Should I plan on voting by mail?

5. I'm hearing that the U.S. Postal Service might not be able to meet the demand for mail-in ballots. Should I plan on voting by mail?

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The US Postal Service has stated that it “has the capacity” to meet the demand, so if you can and are able to vote by mail, this should be your plan A. If for some reason you request your ballot and do not receive it, that’s ok! Your plan B can be voting early at a polling location to avoid crowds, or voting on Election Day. You can still vote in-person if you requested a ballot but never received it or turned it in.

The US Postal Service has stated that it “has the capacity” to meet the demand, so if you can and are able to vote by mail, this should be your plan A. If for some reason you request your ballot and do not receive it, that’s ok! Your plan B can be voting early at a polling location to avoid crowds, or voting on Election Day. You can still vote in-person if you requested a ballot but never received it or turned it in.

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6. What happens if I don't get my ballot in the mail in time?

6. What happens if I don't get my ballot in the mail in time?

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You can still vote! If you’ve requested your ballot, but you still haven’t received it 14 days before the election, you can call your state’s election office to request a replacement. If you still don’t receive it before Election Day, you can cast a provisional ballot at your polling place. But the earlier that you request your ballot, the less of a chance you won’t receive it.

You can still vote! If you’ve requested your ballot, but you still haven’t received it 14 days before the election, you can call your state’s election office to request a replacement. If you still don’t receive it before Election Day, you can cast a provisional ballot at your polling place. But the earlier that you request your ballot, the less of a chance you won’t receive it.

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7. Donald Trump says that vote by mail is “rife with fraud”, is that true?

7. Donald Trump says that vote by mail is “rife with fraud”, is that true?

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Not true. In the last 20 years, there has been an average of one case of absentee voter fraud per state, every six to seven years--a fraud rate of 0.00006%. In fact, Donald Trump has voted by mail.

Not true. In the last 20 years, there has been an average of one case of absentee voter fraud per state, every six to seven years--a fraud rate of 0.00006%. In fact, Donald Trump has voted by mail.

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8. Is my vote-by-mail request form the same as my ballot?

8. Is my vote-by-mail request form the same as my ballot?

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No. Some states will be mailing all registered voters a ballot, but the majority of states will need you to request the ballot before they can send it to you. So you’ll fill out a request and mail in your request form, then you’ll get sent your actual ballot. You should then fill that out, and mail that back as soon as possible. Some states start sending ballots up to 40 days before Election Day, so request your ballot early and vote early!

No. Some states will be mailing all registered voters a ballot, but the majority of states will need you to request the ballot before they can send it to you. So you’ll fill out a request and mail in your request form, then you’ll get sent your actual ballot. You should then fill that out, and mail that back as soon as possible. Some states start sending ballots up to 40 days before Election Day, so request your ballot early and vote early!

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9. What if I request a vote by mail ballot but I decide to vote on Election Day?

9. What if I request a vote by mail ballot but I decide to vote on Election Day?

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It depends on the state. Many states will still allow you to vote in person if you bring your vote-by-mail ballot to your polling place so that they can invalidate the mail ballot and count your in-person ballot instead. Check with your state’s election office to learn what specific rules apply in your state. Even if you forget to bring your mail-in ballot or lose it, you can still cast a provisional ballot in-person on Election Day.

It depends on the state. Many states will still allow you to vote in person if you bring your vote-by-mail ballot to your polling place so that they can invalidate the mail ballot and count your in-person ballot instead. Check with your state’s election office to learn what specific rules apply in your state. Even if you forget to bring your mail-in ballot or lose it, you can still cast a provisional ballot in-person on Election Day.

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10. Will voting by mail give Republicans/Democrats an advantage?

10. Will voting by mail give Republicans/Democrats an advantage?

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There is no evidence that voting by mail gives any party a clear advantage, and voting by mail is popular with the majority of Americans. Over 70% of Americans support allowing any voter who wants to vote by mail to do so, including 49% of Republicans.

There is no evidence that voting by mail gives any party a clear advantage, and voting by mail is popular with the majority of Americans. Over 70% of Americans support allowing any voter who wants to vote by mail to do so, including 49% of Republicans.

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11. I’ve heard that some ballots have been thrown out during the primaries. How do I make sure that my vote by mail ballot isn’t rejected?

11. I’ve heard that some ballots have been thrown out during the primaries. How do I make sure that my vote by mail ballot isn’t rejected?

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I’ve heard that some ballots have been thrown out during the primaries. How do I make sure that my vote by mail ballot isn’t rejected?

I’ve heard that some ballots have been thrown out during the primaries. How do I make sure that my vote by mail ballot isn’t rejected?

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i. Request and return your ballot as early as possible. Some states require that ballots be delivered by Election Day, not just postmarked, so returning your ballot early will prevent it from arriving after November 3rd.

i. Request and return your ballot as early as possible. Some states require that ballots be delivered by Election Day, not just postmarked, so returning your ballot early will prevent it from arriving after November 3rd.

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ii. Check to see if your state has any voter ID requirements to vote by mail.

ii. Check to see if your state has any voter ID requirements to vote by mail.

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iii. Make sure the signature on your ballot matches the one on your voter registration form. States often check to see that they match, so carefully signing your mail-in ballot will keep it from being rejected.

iii. Make sure the signature on your ballot matches the one on your voter registration form. States often check to see that they match, so carefully signing your mail-in ballot will keep it from being rejected.

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12. Will my mail-in ballot count toward the final election result?

12. Will my mail-in ballot count toward the final election result?

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Yes. All votes are counted in local or presidential elections, whether you cast a ballot in person or by mail. A common myth is that absentee ballots are only counted during tight races, but this isn't correct. Many elections have a clear winner and mailed-in ballots, many of which are from abroad, are sometimes counted in the days after, which gives the impression they weren't included in the count. The final tally, however, does reflect mail-in ballots.

Yes. All votes are counted in local or presidential elections, whether you cast a ballot in person or by mail. A common myth is that absentee ballots are only counted during tight races, but this isn't correct. Many elections have a clear winner and mailed-in ballots, many of which are from abroad, are sometimes counted in the days after, which gives the impression they weren't included in the count. The final tally, however, does reflect mail-in ballots.

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It's important to note that mail-in ballots -- both traditional absentee ballots and widespread vote-by-mail ballots -- can be rejected. In the 2016 presidential election, missing or unverified signatures, and late arrivals were the most common reasons a ballot wouldn't be counted, according to a US Election Assistance Commission report. Make sure you read the directions on your ballot carefully and fill it out correctly. And when applicable, check your state's deadlines for requesting or mailing an absentee ballot to make sure you get it sent in time.

It's important to note that mail-in ballots -- both traditional absentee ballots and widespread vote-by-mail ballots -- can be rejected. In the 2016 presidential election, missing or unverified signatures, and late arrivals were the most common reasons a ballot wouldn't be counted, according to a US Election Assistance Commission report. Make sure you read the directions on your ballot carefully and fill it out correctly. And when applicable, check your state's deadlines for requesting or mailing an absentee ballot to make sure you get it sent in time.

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