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Fri Aug 14, 2020, 01:15 PM

If you're still trying to decide between absentee and in-person voting... [View all]

Visit the links below to see how and when your state processes and tabulates absentee voting, keeping in mind that some states may have updated their rules since the page was last updated.

In Georgia, absentee vote tallying can't begin until after polls close on Election Day. Ballots may be "processed" 2 weeks before the election, but the actual counting of the ballots cannot begin until the polls close on Election Day.

I was concerned when I learned this, but the AJC explains the process this way: The rule authorizes county election workers to open and scan absentee ballots in advance, but those votes canít be counted until polls close. Until then, votes are stored in the memory of optical scanning computers, the same as votes cast in person during early voting.

Based on that info, I'm assuming that any delays in counting the ballots would be due to discrepancies between the number of ballots stored in the machine's memory vs the number of votes received, or from ballots that the machines flag as requiring manual review.

When Absentee/Mail Ballot Processing and Counting Can Begin 7/9/20
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-16-when-absentee-mail-ballot-processing-and-counting-can-begin.aspx

States That Permit Voters to Correct Signature Discrepancies 8/7/20
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-15-states-that-permit-voters-to-correct-signature-discrepancies.aspx

Who Can Collect and Return an Absentee Ballot Other Than the Voter? 7/10/20
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-10-who-can-collect-and-return-an-absentee-ballot-other-than-the-voter.aspx

Receipt and Postmark Deadlines for Absentee Ballots 8/11/20
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-11-receipt-and-postmark-deadlines-for-absentee-ballots.aspx

When States Mail Out Absentee Ballots 7/8/20
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-7-when-states-mail-out-absentee-ballots.aspx

How States Verify Voted Absentee Ballots 4/17/20
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-14-how-states-verify-voted-absentee.aspx

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