Why Worry About Mail-In Voting
Written by Dave Wilburn
We’ve heard a lot about “mail-in” voting this election year. Most news agencies say it’s the same as absentee ballot casting. Fake news as usual.
What is “Mail-In” Voting?
Ballots are mailed out to every registered voter in each county, based on the last update to voter rolls.
Voters fill out the ballots and mail them back.
There is no verification that the person filling out the form is the intended voter. There is no control over “ballot harvesting,” when a group or organization collects a lot of ballots and fills them out instead of the intended user.
For example, someone might try to harvest all the ballots in a nursing home, filling out the forms for other voters with or without their knowledge, and without voting for who they wanted to elect.
The ballots are sent and received in much larger quantities than for absentee balloting which is sent in one at a time by individuals.
The U.S. Postal Service, USPS, is stressed to deliver all that mail in such a short time. It is worse than during the Christmas holiday season when so many people are sending greeting cards.
The USPS needs more time to process the concentrated volume increase and are unlikely to have the results by election day. It can take as long as four weeks to verify and count all the ballots.
The post office would have to hire more people for just a short period of time. And that requires background checks and other safety procedures to avoid potential fraud.
What Is An Absentee Ballot?
An absentee ballot request confirms your eligibility to vote in the county and precinct where you live. The ballot must be received at the registrar’s office by October 20, 2020, for you to vote in the November 3rd election.
Here in South Carolina, it’s easy to vote absentee and avoid voting in person.
Simply Click Here
Fill out the application online, print out a copy, sign it with an ink pen, and mail it to:
York County Board of Voter Registration & Elections
6 South Congress Street
Government Center, Suite 1201
York, SC 29745
South Carolina’s system accepts a wide range of legitimate voter ID at the polls. But they check everyone's identification and match it to their current address. They even allow voters who have changed addresses within the same precinct.
Those who moved out of the precinct and didn’t notify the registrar’s office may not be eligible to vote.
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Whether you vote in person or by absentee ballot, please be sure to register if you have changed your address. And remember to vote in November!