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Fri Aug 7, 2020, 01:33 PM

"States should adopt a postmark rule, whereby every ballot postmarked on or before November 3 is inc


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Greg Sargent
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"States should adopt a postmark rule, whereby every ballot postmarked on or before November 3 is included in the tally."

This would mean "a deliberately tardy Postal Service no longer poses the same threat."

Read @tribelaw, @jentaub and @jgeltzer:

https://t.co/3fiRHbgdYR?amp=1

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Reply "States should adopt a postmark rule, whereby every ballot postmarked on or before November 3 is inc (Original post)
soothsayer Aug 7 OP
Sanity Claws Aug 7 #1
soothsayer Aug 7 #3
we can do it Aug 7 #4
Me. Aug 7 #5
stopdiggin Aug 7 #9
Midnight Writer Aug 7 #10
uppityperson Aug 7 #2
mwooldri Aug 7 #6
Sogo Aug 7 #7
stopdiggin Aug 7 #8

Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 01:36 PM

1. Sometimes Post Office does not postmark mail

That was a problem in the recent NY primary. A judge just ordered earlier this week that ballots without postmarks be counted.

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 01:36 PM

3. Oh, interesting. Thanks

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 01:38 PM

4. You can request it in person to be sure.

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 01:38 PM

5. The Ones With Postage Paid Seem To Be The Problem

Also, the really big problem was not getting them out in time, my ballot arrived the day after election

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Response to Me. (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 02:07 PM

9. you're state isn't trying very hard?

or was there some kind of snafu specifically involving your ballot?

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 02:11 PM

10. Exactly. Or the postmark may be illegible, through no fault of the voter.

Folks can check their daily mail and see how many pieces actually bear a postmark. Most do not.

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Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 01:36 PM

2. I thought they already did.

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Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 01:41 PM

6. Some states do have that rule already.

North Carolina will count an absentee ballot received up to three days after the election day, as long as the ballot envelope is postmarked for election day or earlier.

Given the shenanigans that DJT is pulling with the USPS maybe the states will have to push that rule out by a few more days.

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Response to mwooldri (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 01:46 PM

7. That's a major point....

At some point, the states have to certify their results, so how long do they wait before all possible ballots mailed on 11/3 are theoretically in. It seems mail "delay" would still be a factor in the case of 11/3 postmark....

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Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 02:04 PM

8. This -- and about a hundred other "best practices" -- should be standardized

at least for federal elections.
(but -- like the electoral college -- hope you're not holding your breath)

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