Facts about Voting by Mail and Early Voting
Updated: Sep 10, 2020
There has been a lot of talk about mail-in voting this election. This article is to clear up any confusion or misinformation floating around. To read the document by Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraud and the Federal Election Commission click here.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission released a Deep Dive into Early, Absentee and Mail voting in 2017. To find that document click here.
The main take away is there is no basis that voting by mail causes fraud.
We have two ways to vote aside from showing up to a polling place on voting day. First is early voting. Early voting is usually opened a week before voting day. In Florida for the 2020 General Election, early voting will run from Saturday, October 24th to Saturday, October 31st. Early voting allows you to be able to go to the polling place without having to take time off from work or having to rearrange your schedule. Our second option for voting is to vote by mail. Requests to vote by mail must be received by your local Supervisor of Elections no later than 5 pm on the 10th day before an election. For the general election in November, this date is October 24th. When voting by mail, your ballot must be received by 7:00 pm on the day of the election. You cannot return your voted mail ballot to a polling place on election day, but you can turn it in to a polling place during early voting times and days.
As for vote-by-mail fraud? It is exceedingly rare. The Heritage Foundation maintains a database of voter fraud instances. In the last 20 years, there have been 204 reported cases of fraudulent use of absentee ballots. Over 2 decades that is about 0.00006% of all vote-by-mail ballots cast.