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Even with the Ballot Cure Act, over 50,000 voters who voted by mail still had their ballots rejected in the 2020 General Election.  We can help.

Top 3

Click below to learn the top 3 things voters need to know about voting by mail.

The Security Features of a Mail-in Ballot

Security measures of the Mail-in Ballot has resulted in tens of thousands of mail-in ballots in being REJECTED. We work hard to educate voters on these security features to ensure that their ballots count.

Unique Barcode and Voter ID

Both the bar code and voter ID appear on the original Official Mail-in Ballot envelope and the prepaid postage return envelope and tracked in the Statewide Voter Registration System. Each voter has a unique barcode and voter ID even when they stop voting, pass away, or move out of state. That voter ID is not used again for other voters. This feature prevents voters from voting more than once. If a voter voted by mail and then votes again at the polling station on Election Day using the Provisional Ballot, the Elections Officials will have a record in the system of the voter having voted. The Provisional Ballot will not be tabulated.

Certificate of Mail-in Voter

This security allows voters to self-certify (or declare) that they voted their ballot in secret by filling out their information – name and address – and signature. This signature is then compared to the voter’s digitized signature on file to ensure a signature match.

Bearer Portion

All voters are permitted to have someone they designate to take their ballot from them and deliver it to the Board of Elections or to drop it off at a Ballot Drop box or at a USPS facility.

  • ANY TIME the voter gives their ballot to someone else, this person is called the Bearer, and the Bearer MUST fill out the Bearer portion IN THE PRESENCE OF THE VOTER for the ballot to count.
  • This Bearer portion must be completed and signed before dropping off or delivering if you use a Bearer.
  • If a Bearer comes to the county Board of Elections with a Mail-in Ballot that has not been filled out completely and signed, the ballot will be rejected.
  • DO NOT fill this out if you are dropping off your own ballot or delivering it yourself.

The state keeps track of all Bearers. Bearers are only permitted to carry 3 ballots per election or 5 ballots if relatives residing in the same household.

Secure Ballot Drop Boxes

You can also drop your mail-in ballot at one of 5 secure, tamper-proof, weather-proof ballot drop boxes in your county. FIND YOUR NEAREST ballot drop box here. These ballot drop boxes all have 24-hour cameras and all pick-ups are completed by the Board of Elections staff and are logged in.

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