Voting by mail? What you need to do to make sure your vote gets counted


Many Americans are expected to cast their votes by mail instead of in person in this year's election due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While voters always have the option to vote in person on Election Day, many are choosing to cast their ballots from home this year in an effort to mitigate the spread of the novel virus.

But while voters have to plan ahead to make sure that they’re taking the right steps to ensure their vote gets counted, the process can be confusing and daunting.

Here are some answers to common questions about voting by mail in the United States in the 2020 election.

Do I need to sign up to receive my ballot by mail?

It depends on your state. “All-mail” elections mean that every registered voter automatically gets a ballot sent to their registered address that they can either mail back or return in person, but not all states offer it.

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