Trump has tried to delegitimize ballots counted after the elections on November 3rd. However, vote counting after elections has been common practice by states in the past.
Absentee and Mail Voting articles on Democracy Chronicles
Absentee and mail voting systems are a benefit to people who may not be able to attend a polling station in person, either through a physical disability or absence from the locality - although the general public can benefit as well. Also see our section on American democracy or our articles on the Internet and Voting, Military Voting or just general Voter Access.
Trump has constantly lambasted mail-in voting in baseless conspiracy theory. Experts have however said the voting method is safe.
Americans overseas can mail their ballots from a military post office for the Nov. 3 election, regardless of whether they have base access, official said.
There are more and more states that are using ballot drop boxes for the election. However, they have remained controversial.
The US Postal Service under Louis DeJoy has unrolled measures that have delayed mail voting nationwide. A third judge has ordered a stop to these measures.
Vote-by-mail programs date back to the Civil War. U.S. armed forces have long used the mail to cast their ballots from the front lines.
Early voting has started yet some states are still in legal battles over balloting methods. This is leading to uncertainty which Trump is fanning.
Absentee ballots will dominate November’s vote. However, Americans abroad face major obstacles ensuring their vote is counted during the vote.
US “voters with visual impairments say without accessible absentee ballots they must risk their health or give up privacy”, Aljazeera.
AG William Barr has again blasted mail-in-voting. In his renewed condemnation of the method, he claims ‘there are going to be ballots floating around’.