Voting in any election can be a task, between deciding how you'll to vote to making the time to mark your ballot. unmatched number of voters casting their , may create unprecedented challenges for yourself, and .in a , with an
Adding to the confusion are concerns about election fraud,.
You can take a few steps, however, to help make your vote arrives in time and is counted. Here's what Matthew Levendusky, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert on US politics, and voting-rights lawyer Marc Elias recommend you should do.
Check your registration status: Make sure The federal government has a website you can use to find your state's election site, where you can see your voting status as well as learn about your state's early and mail-in voting rules and deadlines.at your current address.
Request your ballot as soon as possible: If your state is not one of the handful that willto registered voters, request your ballot as soon as possible, if you intend to vote by mail.
"Because many citizens are planning to vote by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic, election officials will be swamped with applications close to the deadline," Levendusky says. "Requesting your ballot early helps them manage their workload."
Know your state's voting deadlines: Since elections are run at the state and not the federal level, voting rules can vary from state to state. Make sure you know your state's deadlines for and for .
Know the location of your polling station: With concerns about the coronavirus and staffing shortages at polling locations, local election officials may consolidate polling places. Check where your polling place will be this fall if you intend to vote in person, because it may be in a different location from previous elections.
Vote early: If you plan to vote in person, most states let you your local election office to see if your district has extended hours.and . If you're unsure, check with
Drop off your mail-in ballot at a ballot drop box, election office a polling location: If you have concerns about the says Elias, "allowing voters to drop off their mail ballots and have them be taken directly to county offices.", you can take matters into your own hands in many states and drop off your mail-in ballot at an election office, polling location or ballot drop box. Using a drop box or election location for your absentee ballot lets you skip the mail process entirely,
Track your ballot via email or online: Many states allow you to track the status of your ballot online and through email and text. California and North Carolina voters, for example, can use the Ballotrax system to track their mail-in ballots from when they're mailed to when they're counted. Pennsylvania has a similar system to let voters see the status of a mail-in ballot through every step. Check with your county's voter registration office to see if your county or state has a similar system.
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