Mail-in Ballots Transform Voting Standard



North Carolina’s deadline to return your ballot is on November 3, 2020.

  Will a new voting standard be in place for future elections? Mailing in ballots is the go-to for many voters this election time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  This is how a citizen can vote if they are not able to or do not feel comfortable voting in-person at the election polls. You can also request a ballot to be sent in the mail, which is called an “absentee ballot.”

  It’s much simpler and faster for your ballot ticket to be mailed in than to wait for hours outside of the polls just to enter your vote. Mailing your ballot can be done on your own, at any time before a specified deadline. 

  There are advantages and disadvantages that accompany sending in a ballot. Senior Margaret Haygood shared her thoughts on these types of votes, “They are safe and should be counted no matter what. Especially due to the fact that we are in a pandemic and many Americans that want to stay safe are choosing this way to vote this year.”

  Though some may argue that voting in person is just as safe if everyone follows the rules and regulations, that does not stop many from mailing in their ballots. It’s an advantage that voters can take the time they need to choose who they want to elect for the upcoming years.

  Though this is a good thing for many voters, there are also some risks. A vote can possibly be stolen, changed, or even disqualified if not filled out correctly. 

  Actions such as not signing your signature or sending your ballot back too late can disqualify your vote. Meanwhile President Donald Trump is not too fond of mail-in voting himself and has even argued to delay voting so more people can have a safe and secure way to vote in July.

  “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most inaccurate & fraudulent election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote.” Tweeted by President Trump on July 30, 2020.

  While many were not pleased with President Trump’s tease about delaying voting, it seems like the mail-in ballot system is complex. The absentee ballot system has five simple steps.

  1. Request your absentee ballot
  2. Fill out your application correctly
  3. Submit to your local election office
  4. Complete your absentee ballot correctly when it arrives
  5. Return your ballot by the deadline stated

  Though this system may look simple, some think it is not. Senior Emma Jacobs is not pleased with this years’ absentee ballot voting. 

  Jacobs says, “I feel like there is a lot of stuff going on with the absentee ballots and that it’s very unorganized this year. I’m not really sure because neither (Biden and Trump) are high quality candidates and many are abstaining from voting. Those who get the absentee ballots are having trouble voting.”

  Whether you prefer to take your time and social distance or attend the polls, both are great methods. Voters should be free to vote any way they want as long as their vote is valid and they are safe and secure.