Mar 29, 2021
Loud and Safe: Voting from Home
With the upcoming election, many people are concerned about the threat of COVID-19 at the polls as many states are not mandating masks at the polls or are not mandating masks in public at all. A potential solution is filling out an absentee ballot If you meet the qualifications. However, if the instructions are not followed very closely, your vote may not be counted. Here are some key things to focus on.
Sheryl Lawrence
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How to: Fill in an absentee ballot to ensure it gets counted


*There are different deadlines for every state, so be sure to look up the deadlines for your state if you would like to vote by absentee ballot.*


With the upcoming election, many people are concerned about the threat of COVID-19 at the polls as many states are not mandating masks at the polls or are not mandating masks in public at all. A potential solution is filling out an absentee ballot If you meet the qualifications. However, if the instructions are not followed very closely, your vote may not be counted. Here are some key things to focus on.


Research the deadline to request an absentee ballot


  • Don’t let your registered vote go to waste! 
  • Your ballot must be postmarked by a certain time and be received no later than a certain time. All of the deadlines for your state can be found here: https://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot-deadlines/
  • To avoid anxiety about your vote getting counted, request an absentee ballot as soon as possible.


Use black ink


  • Some instructions may say that you can use black or blue ink. Some sources are saying that your vote will only be counted if you use black ink. Use black ink to aire on the side of caution. 


Fill in the oval


  • If it says fill in the oval, fill in the oval. Don’t write a check mark or circle a name.


Your signature


  • If your signature on your ballot does not nearly exactly match the signature on your voter registration card or your driver’s license, it may not be counted. 
  • The government wants to guarantee that you were the one who filled out the ballot, and if the signatures do not match, it brings this into question. 
  • The signature is on the envelope, so guarantee that you are signing the envelope and not the ballot.


Overall, just make sure you take time to read the instructions carefully and make sure you fully understand what to do before filling out the ballot. We want our votes to count!