Step-by-step: How to vote via the mail-in ballot in N.J

Clay Curtis
September 30, 2020

Here's what you need to do make sure your ballot isn't rejected. But Republicans won on so-called "naked ballots", or ballots lacking an inner secrecy envelope, which the court ruled wouldn't be counted.

Kristen Muszynski, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, the state's top election official, said voters who request and receive absentee ballots are being encouraged to cast those ballots "ASAP either by mail or to the clerk/dropbox". Officials are urging voters to allow at least seven days if they intend to mail their ballots back to local officials for counting.

"At least on the evidence presented to date, the secretary's decision to continue the long-established practice of mail and in-person return of these applications, instead of jeopardizing the security and administration of the election by implementing a new procedure to allow electronic return of the applications, can not be deemed unreasonable", wrote the ruling signed by the judges, both Republicans. Clerks have reported fears of the virus caused shortages of poll workers in both Wisconsin's spring presidential primary and state primary in August.

Another lawsuit filed by the Ohio Democratic Party also is pending in the 10th District appeals court. "Voters have strong feelings about President Trump, and so the election takes on an out-sized importance". Polls show Democrat Joe Biden with a slight lead but both sides expect a tight race.

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The halt is a victory for Republicans and Trump over Democrats and their allies seeking more time as a way to help deal with an expected historic high number of absentee ballots.

"Add to that President Trump suggesting that he may not accept the results of the election, and concerns about vote counts, and it's a stress-prone environment", Levendusky said.

Sandi Knakal, another long-time Portland voter, said she requested an absentee ballot because she wanted to be prepared if COVID-19 infection rates spiked near Election Day, or if she was sick herself. The advice for voters is if they decide to vote in person, they should not return their absentee ballot. So far, a total of 520,000 absentee ballots have been sent out in the city across all boroughs, and just over a million people nationwide have cast their votes in the election. The system uses data directly from the office's central voter registration database, which is continually updated by all municipal clerks statewide.

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