It’s time to mail in your absentee ballot. In an official statement, the United States Postal Service recommended that voters mail in their ballots today (Oct. 27), which marks one week before Election Day (Nov. 3).
While vote-by-mail deadlines do vary by state, the USPS says mailing your ballot at least one week before Election Day is a “common-sense” way to make sure your vote will get counted.
“[O]ur general recommendation is that, as a common-sense measure, you mail your completed ballot before Election Day, and at least one week prior to your state’s deadline,” the statement read.
Most states require that mail-in ballots arrive on Election Day in order to be counted. Some states, like Louisiana, mandate that ballots arrive by Nov. 2, while others give an extended period of time after Election Day. See a full list of state vote-by-mail deadlines here.
Yesterday (Oct. 26), the Supreme Court voted against an order in Wisconsin, which would have allowed ballots to be counted as long as they were postmarked on Election Day and arrived before Nov. 9. The new ruling now means that Wisconsin ballots will need to arrive on Election Day to be counted.
Voters can also drop-off their absentee ballots at local designated centers, which many are encouraging in the case of a potential mail delay. The USPS has recently ramped up procedures aimed at tackling the surge of absentee votes, as more people are voting by mail due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Election mail will not be delayed,” USPS Chief Retail and Delivery Officer Kristin Seaver told reporters last week. “We are committing all available resources.”
Voting in-person is also an option. According to the Associated Press, this year’s early-voter and mail-in voter turnouts have already surpassed the number of people who voted early in 2016’s presidential election. As of Sunday (Oct. 25), a whopping 58.6 million voters have already cast their ballots.
Very important: today is deadline USPS recommends for sending back your mail ballot to make sure it’s counted. Better yet, drop it off if you can. 30 states require ballots to be received by Election Day (as SCOTUS ruled in Wisconsin yesterday)— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) October 27, 2020