Whether a state requires voters to request a ballot by mail or participates in universal ballot-by-mail, all ballots mailed or dropped at a mailbox are checked for legitimacy.
Election officials log every absentee ballot, so voters can’t request more than one. These ballots are also logged when returned, compared to registration records and in many cases voter signatures are archived to ensure that the voter assigned the ballot is the one who cast it.
Still, absentee ballots are one of the most common targets of electoral misinformation, although fraud is rare.
Different states have various ballot verification protocols. All states require a voter’s signature, while some states have additional precautions such as B. comparing that signature with an on-file signature by bipartisan teams, requiring the signature to be notarized, or signing by a witness.
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in the Arkansasyou must return proof of voter registration or a copy of your ID with the ballot. In states including Georgia, Minnesota and Ohioyou will need to provide your driver’s license number or ID card number, which will be checked against voter registration records before your vote will be counted.
In states that require voters to submit ballot-by-mail applications, the application usually includes several identifying information to ensure you are who you say you are. In some cases, this will also include a copy of your photo ID.
In almost every state, mailed ballots can be tracked online via a unique barcode on the envelope, allowing voters to track the movement of their ballot until it’s counted. Ballot security features and ballot sorting at polling stations help weed out fakes, though election officials say fake ballots were not a problem in the US election. A Georgia investigation into allegations of fake ballots in the 2020 election found no evidence to support the claims.
Secure ballot boxes are placed in public places and only emptied by trained polling officials to prevent anyone else from tampering with the votes inside.
As with other forms of voter fraud, harsh penalties for mail-in vote fraud act as an additional deterrent. Depending on the circumstances, voter fraud charges can result in a fine, imprisonment, or both.
Despite widespread claims of absentee ballot fraud and mail-in ballot fraud, the reality is extremely rare. The Brennan Center for Justice ranked the risk of voter fraud in 2017 at 0.00004% to 0.0009% based on studies of past elections.
Meanwhile, a May 2022 Associated Press poll of states allowing the use of drop boxes in the 2020 presidential election no fraud cases foundVandalism or theft of Dropboxes that may have affected the results.
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