By law all ballots submitted by mail MUST be counted. They can be rejected if there is an issue or no signature; however, the elections office is required to notify you if that happens to give you time to claim your ballot. Most states also have a method to track the status of your ballot in case there are any issues and if it is marked as received it WILL be counted.
Most information used to register to vote is the same as applying for a drivers license. The government does not have any extra information that can be used against you obtained from voter registration.
Yes. The procedure might differ state to state, but generally you are required to either sign an affidavit voiding your Vote by Mail ballot and then allowed to vote normally or asked to fill out a provisional ballot which will only be counted if they do not receive a mail in ballot with your name on it.
Although federal elections are typically decided by thousands of votes, many local elections that have a large impact on your community and your life comes down to tens of hundreds of votes, so one neighborhood or community can determine the winner. Having an impact there and then contributing to the overall vote total by voting through your full ballot can be monumental in creating change in your community on all levels from President to County Commissioner.
Although there may not be any representation in this election, making your voice heard as a community will force the elected officials in your district to listen to the needs of your community. As your community grows stronger, you can then have people from within run for office in future elections.
Most elected officials, especially on the local and state level, do not need many qualifications besides a certain years of residency requirement, but it varies by state. In many cases you or the people around you are just as qualified if not more qualified than your elected official, so if you see a problem that needs fixing, step up and run!
There are many advantages to voting by mail including receiving your full ballot up to a month beforehand to have time to discuss and research candidates and having everything delivered to your home so you don't need to take any time off work to go vote. With the global pandemic this year, safety and limiting exposure to large groups of people is also a major reason to Vote by Mail. You should not have to choose between you or your family's safety and exercising your right to vote. Vote by Mail allows you to vote without compromising your health.
Chalo Vote! wants to make it easier and more friendly for South Asians to take the steps needed to vote this year. To do that we will provide resources in different languages and easy guides to take you through the steps of voter registration or checking your registration and applying for a Vote by Mail ballot. As South Asian Americans ourselves we understand the importance of community and want this to be a community tool that helps South Asians have a larger say in politics and policies moving forward.