By: Anna Hisle
The 2020 presidential election was a very stressful one. Election year is usually nerve wracking, but the 2020 election was even more nerving than most.
With the pandemic and the important election, there are many issues that occurred.
Pictures of Ballots
One issue was people taking pictures of their ballots. While this is always an issue, it was especially dominant this year. Because of the pandemic, according to “Pew Research Center”, half of the people in the 2020 election mailed in ballots.
While in some states, it is completely legal to take pictures of your ballot, according to “VOX”, in more than half of the U.S. states, it is illegal.
Because it is illegal to take pictures of your ballot in some states, some ballots could become invalid.
So, always make sure to check if you’re allowed to snap a selfie with your ballot before you do it, so it is counted.
See the image below to know if it’s legal for you to take a ballot selfie.
Not mailing ballots in time
Due to COVID, people weren’t as willing to go to vote in person this election year.
Mail in ballots are normal during elections but this year, many more people than usual have mailed in ballots instead.
Since it was some people’s first time mailing in ballots, they did not know how early to mail them.
Also, due to the amount of mail in ballots, the USPS, and mailing services, were overwhelmed.
Due to the fact that so many people were mailing in ballots, some of them might not have been correct, or they might not have arrived on time, or been counted.
If you mailed in your ballot, you had to make sure that it arrived before the deadline. Some people didn’t notice if it never arrived, or if it was sent in too late. If you didn’t receive a message/confirmation your vote arrived, or your vote didn’t arrive in time, then your vote was most likely not counted.
These things cause many voters to not actually have their vote counted. While the chances of this actually affecting the election are slim, it is still better to make sure your votes are counted.
Before mail in voting, always make sure you have enough time to send in the ballot.
While where were more issues that occurred during this election, these were the most important, and most common ones, that arose.
Be smart voting and be heard!