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Still have a mail-in ballot? Drop it off in person

Still have a mail-in ballot? Drop it off in person

There is not enough time for ballots mailed by voters now to be received in time to count in several states.

Count Every Vote Team
Count Every Vote Team

Millions of mail-in ballots have not been returned as Election Day looms. Campaigns fear that ballots mailed now may not be received by election officials in time to be counted. They are suggesting that anyone with a ballot return it to a drop off location or vote in-person.

How Many Votes?

  • 37 million are still outstanding according to U.S. Election Project data.
  • That’s out of 92 million ballots sent to voters across the country.
  • About 500,000 ballots have not been returned in both Georgia and North Carolina.
  • Battleground states like Wisconsin are particularly worrisome after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an extension to count absentee ballots received after Election Day.
  • There are 50,000 mail-in ballots still not received in Milwaukee County alone.

That number is more than twice Trump’s 2016 victory margin.

The one bright spot may be that some of these voters may have decided to vote in-person early or on Election Day. Voters can surrender their absentee or vote by-mail ballot in most states and vote in-person, or return their ballot to their polling site on Election Day.

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