Voting by Mail aka Absentee Ballot Voting

Voting by Mail:

Recap: since 2014 there has been a push to vote by mail, also known as absentee ballot voting to save time when voters cannot make it to the polls during early voting or on election day. Voting by mail is normally for voters who are living abroad or in the military and for students who are not living at home. Voting by absentee ballots allows voters to participate in our elections while living, studying or working abroad or in a different state. The push for voting by mail is the convenience of completing an important task if you are not able to vote in person during early voting or on election day. In short, voting by mail aka (also known as) voting by absentee ballot is another way to vote.

“Voting by absentee ballots allows voters to participate in our elections while living, studying or working abroad or in a different state.”

How Does Vote by Mail Work?

Here is the process of voting by mail:

  • When opting to vote by mail, you request an application from your Board of Elections to vote by mail.
  • Once you have completed the application, you will receive your ballot. When the Board of Elections mails the paper ballot it will be the same as the electronic ballot as if you were voting in person. Sidebar: you must request a Democrat or Republican ballot.
  • Once the ballot is filled out, you will place it in the envelope mailed with your ballot and place 2 stamps in the top right corner of the envelope. Finally, place your absentee ballot in the mailbox or post office box.

It’s an easy process to vote by mail, this way of voting is a necessary push because of the old age voting equipment which has proven to be hackable and needs an upgrade.

Is Voting by Mail Worth It?

“Voting by mail allows voters to use paper ballots instead of relying on Georgia’s electronic voting machines, which election integrity advocates say are vulnerable to hacking. Also, mail-in ballots are doubled what they were in the 2014 midterms” which is a great sign and proves this is a worthwhile way of voting. With the rat race of life, voting must be convenient to allow everyone to participate in the political process. Furthermore, voting by mail eliminates the hassle of not being able to vote in person during early voting or on election day due to conflicts in schedules and events that arise because of life.

“Voting by mail allows voters to use paper ballots instead of relying on Georgia’s electronic voting machines, which election integrity advocates say are vulnerable to hacking. Also, mail-in ballots are doubled what they were in the 2014 midterms.” AJC

“Absentee voting also allows Georgians to ensure their votes are counted without having to drive to precincts or wait in lines.” With the concern of our elections being tampered with and the proven fact that our electronic voting system is hackable, it’s worth it to vote by mail.

Potential Down Side-Voter Suppression:

Like everything, there is a downside to voting by mail and that is minor errors if ballots are not completed correctly. If you have paid attention to this week news, Gwinnett County has rejected a high number of absentee ballots due to minor errors, however, what Gwinnett county is blatantly doing is voter suppression due to the “exact match” law passed in the Georgia State Legislature. To sum up, when voting by mail, ensure your ballot is accurate to avoid being one of the 390 ballots rejected. Sidebar: Gwinnett county was also part of the 40,000 voter registration applications not purposely being process on time during the 2014 midterm elections.

“Sidebar: Gwinnett county was also part of the 40,000 voter registration applications not purposely being process on time during the 2014 midterm elections.

Overall, voting by mail is simple, convenient and a great option for voters.

Sources:

https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/early-voting-mail-surges-ahead-georgia-2018-election/q0bhiGhDpMY8PP7p2BIvZP/

https://www.wabe.org/ga-officials-sued-over-rejected-absentee-ballots-in-gwinnett-county/


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