Latest Absentee voting News

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. Time was dwindling for thousands of North Carolina voters to fix absentee voting errors as elections officials hustled out an updated process for handling mail-in ballot problems two weeks before Election Day. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

North Carolina scrambles to inform voters of absentee errors

Oct. 21, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Time was dwindling for thousands of North Carolina voters to fix absentee voting errors as elections officials hustled out an updated process for handling mail-in ballot problems two weeks before Election Day. Court battles had halted processing of ballots mailed back with deficiencies...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, stacks of ballot envelopes are waiting to be mailed at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina issued new guidance Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, to allow counties to deal with more than 10,000 absentee ballots with various deficiencies that have been in limbo due to court battles over the witness requirement for voting by mail. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Court lets North Carolina keep absentee deadline extension

Oct. 20, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

North Carolina can accept absentee ballots that are postmarked by Election Day for more than a week afterward, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to block an extension for accepting the ballots that was announced in late September. The State Board of Elections...

In this Oct. 13, 2020, photo, an envelope of a Pennsylvania official mail-in ballot for the 2020 general election in Marple Township, Pa. The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea. The justices divided 4-4 on Oct. 19, an outcome that upholds a state Supreme Court ruling that allowed election officials to receive and count ballots until Nov. 6, even if they don't have a clear postmark. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

High court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania ballots

Oct. 20, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election, rejecting a Republican plea in the presidential battleground state. The justices divided 4-4 on Monday, an outcome that upholds a state Supreme Court ruling that...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson wears a mask before talking about voting and the upcoming elections in Detroit. Benson said Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, that the 1.5 million people with absentee ballots still in hand should put them in a drop box or take them to their local clerk's office rather than use the mail with two weeks to go until the presidential election. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Michigan election head: Drop off absentee ballot, don't mail

Oct. 20, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top elections official said Tuesday that the presidential battleground state's 1.5 million people with absentee ballots still in-hand should put them in a drop box or take them to their local clerk's office rather than risk sending them by mail with two weeks to go until...

Voters participating in the first day of Wisconsin's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election wait in line outside the city's City-County Building in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Wisconsin voters line up to cast early in-person ballots

Oct. 20, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters across Wisconsin lined up Tuesday to cast their ballots on the first day of early in-person voting in the presidential battleground state, marking the beginning of the final push to Election Day in two weeks. Locations and times to vote Tuesday varied across the state, but lines...

Wisconsin elections panel doesn't want delay in vote count

Oct. 20, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission wants a judge to allow officials in a northeastern county near Green Bay to use markers to fill in a ballot misprint so that the ballots can be processed more quickly through counting machines. The commission opposed giving Outagamie County more time...

Missouri Supreme Court upholds ballot notarization law

Oct. 19, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

Missouri residents who want to vote remotely in November's elections will have to have their ballots notarized unless they meet specific criteria, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Friday. The decision comes in a lawsuit filed by the NAACP and the League of Women Voters, who argued this week the state should make...

Wisconsin county says ballot misprint will delay count

Oct. 19, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Officials in a northeastern Wisconsin county said Monday that a technical ballot misprint will most likely delay the counting of some absentee ballots on Election Day, but they reassured the public that all ballots will be counted. The misprint is a scratch that is described as no...

Hannah Carson reads from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes inside her Charlotte, N.C., apartment on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. At 90-year-old, Carson reads her Bible daily, particularly her favorite verse detailing the different seasons of life. As soon as she received her absentee ballot in the mail six weeks ago, she filled it out and sent it back to her local election office. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

Some states allow ballots if voters die before Election Day

Oct. 19, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — At 90 years old and living through a global pandemic, Hannah Carson knows time may be short. She wasted no time returning her absentee ballot for this year’s election. As soon as it arrived at her senior living community, she filled it out and sent it back to her local election office...

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Vision 2020: Will mailed-in ballots be delivered on time?

Oct. 17, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

Can you trust the U.S. Postal Service to deliver your ballot on time? If you plan on voting by mail, election officials say it's best to do it as early as possible so your ballot gets to its destination well before Election Day, which is Nov. 3. Postal officials have repeatedly said the agency has more than...