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C-SPAN | Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee on the U.S. Postal Service
PORTMAN (R-OH): What advice would you give voters? This is an opportunity for you to speak to the voters of Ohio and the country: Would you advise them to wait until the last minute? Or would you advise them at least a week?
DEJOY: The general word around here is, vote early.

Inside the Democratic Party's plan to prevent vote-by-mail disaster

But voting by mail is also more complicated than voting in person, and the party's campaign machinery has rapidly transformed itself into a system for helping voters navigate those obstacles. There's the matter of getting an absentee ballot to begin with, which voters must apply to do in most states. Esoteric factors from signature requirements to delivery times and even rules about how the ballot envelopes are sealed all result in more mail votes getting tossed each election compared to in-person votes. And unusual delays in mail delivery this summer have heaped more stress on the situation.

That's why Michelle Obama took time out from lacerating Trump in her Monday convention speech to implore supporters to vote early -- but also to keep close track of their ballots if they vote by mail or, if they feel able, to vote in-person.

"We've got to vote early, in person if we can. We've got to request our mail-in ballots right now, tonight, and send them back immediately and follow-up to make sure they're received," Obama said.

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For the first time in my life, I requested an absentee ballot from the Maryland State Board of Elections two weeks ago. I still haven't have it, and the notification app hasn't confirmed my order.

by Cat on Sun Aug 23rd, 2020 at 03:08:45 AM EST
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