Election Day troubleshooting: what to do if your absentee ballot never arrived
Here's what to do if your absentee or mail-in ballot didn't arrive.
By Lorelei Yang, Countable News
At last, after an interminably long primary and campaign process, Election Day is upon us. Over 93 million absentee ballots have been cast already.
But what if yours wasn't one of them? What if you requested an absentee or mail-in ballot and it never arrived? Does that mean you're out of luck and can't vote this year?
No. If your absentee ballot never arrived or you misplaced it, you have options.
Check if you can get an absentee ballot from your local election office
In some places, you can still pick up an absentee ballot from your local election office and drop it off in a ballot dropbox or at your local election office.
Vote in person
You can also vote in person. If you go with this option, know that most states will require you to complete a standard affidavit or other documentation confirming that you never received your ballot before you can vote in-person.
In some states — such as New Jersey, Alabama, Texas and California — you'll need to complete a provisional ballot. Your ballot will be counted after it's verified that you didn't already vote.
Missing ballot procedures in battleground states
These are the options for battleground state voters whose mail-in ballots are missing on a state-by-state basis.
Vote in person; poll workers will be able to see whether you've submitted your early ballot already. If you haven't, they'll issue you a live ballot at the vote center, which will void the early ballot.
Vote in person, but be aware that without your ballot, you may need to cast a provisional ballot if you'd already received the ballot. If you never received your ballot, you should be allowed to vote a regular ballot.
Vote in person. You'll need to sign an affidavit confirming that you never received an absentee ballot. Once you've done this, even if an absentee ballot from you is received by the clerk later on, the absentee ballot won't be counted.
Vote in person at your polling place.
Vote in person, and remember to bring photo ID.
Sound off: are you a voter whose absentee or mail-in ballot didn't arrive in time? What's your contingency voting plan?
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