Trump or Biden? In exactly one month, Voters of the 2020 General Elections will be casting their votes as the first set of ballots will be on the way.
The first ballots of the 2020 general election will be on their way to voters in exactly one month. https://t.co/RtfJYht05s— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 4, 2020
The Republican President recently tweeted that mail-in voting can drive to inaccurate results and a fraudulent election which prompts him to suggest a delay on the scheduled presidential elections. Election security experts on the other hand said that this accusation has no basis at all. This mail-in voting keeps people from flocking and in close contact at the polls during the election period as it may lead to a widespread coronavirus. With the pandemic getting in the way for candidates to host campaigns and stage conventions, voter education campaigns focus on the mechanics of mail-in voting. For a president who is trailing in polls, the communications director of North Carolina Democratic Party said in an interview with NBC News that Trump is against the voting by mail because the election for other states will start in 30 days, and not in three months on these states that requested mail-in ballots.
23 states in total will be sending out ballots in 45 days or more before the November 03 general election. Ballots in each state are subject on a rolling basis process until it reached its designated cutoff, though in other 10 states the deadline for voters usually runs more than a week before the election day, as confirmed by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The National Conference of State Legislatures released a schedule of the states on which next month will have their absentee mailing ballots upon the request of the registered voters.
- North Carolina, a known battleground state where Biden has a 4.5 % lead against Trump, will begin mailing absentee ballots to registered voters on September 04, 60 days before the election day.
- Pennsylvania and Kentucky are set on September 14 along with the other key states in the same week.
- Wisconsin is set on the 17th of September
- Minnesota will begin on September 18
- Michigan’s absentee voter ballots are set on the following week and they can cast their early ballots in person at their county clerks’ offices on the 24th of September.
A Democrat strategist shared with NBC News that most voters have already made up their mind on who to vote should the election happens now or on the 3rd of November. He added that Elections are won over the long term and not on October surprises, a potential late-in-the-game revelation.
Though several voters are to cast their ballots earlier, it does not guarantee that Americans will right away know who won because it will take days or weeks to tally the results due to some states who states will not count mail-in ballots until Election Day or after. Voting rights advocates urge voters to request and return mail-in ballots as early as possible to avoid absentee ballots rejection due to lateness.