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Voice of the Voter: How Secure is Mail-In Voting?

44News spoke with county clerks in Henderson and Vanderburgh counties to see what's being done to ensure the reliability of casting your vote by mail in the Tri-State.

Posted: Sep 29, 2020 2:09 PM
Updated: Sep 29, 2020 2:20 PM

2020's election season is expected to be unlike any other before it amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Henderson County Clerk says so far, over 3,500 people have requested a mail-in ballot, and although many are planning to cast their votes by mail this year, some in the area don't trust the way of voting.

"I'm going to go to the polls and vote. I'm not trusting the mail right now," said Kristy Peters, a resident in Henderson. "I've heard several things on the news, so I think I'd rather do it myself."

County clerks in both Vanderburgh and Henderson counties say they've heard similar concerns from multiple residents in each area, but still vowed that by-mail voting was safe and secure.

"We have a counting committee that is bi-partisan, comprised of both Democrats Republicans who work together for each step of the counting process," said Henderson County Clerk Renesa Abner. "So that means that both parties are represented, and whenever that ballot is reviewed, the signature is compared to their driver's license signature - so that is another security feature."

Is It Safe to Vote In-Person Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic?

According to a study done by the University of Maryland, only 30% of Americans say they're very confident that their votes will be counted accurately if voting by mail - but in Kentucky, there's a way that people can vote by mail a little more confidently.

"You can hand deliver it to our office in this dropbox here," Abner said, motioning to the dropbox in the county clerk's office. Though no dropbox is available to Hoosiers voters, they can hand-deliver their ballots directly to the clerk's office in their county.

The application to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. 12 days before the election, which is Oct. 22, 2020, for the November election. 

The Vanderburgh County Clerk suggests sending in your absentee ballot as soon as possible.

"I would suggest at least a week ahead," said Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden. "If you put it in the mail on Nov. 3, we're not going to get it on Nov. 3 - we don't have same-day mail."

For more information on voting by mail, requesting an absentee ballot, voting in-person, deadlines, and more, you can click here.

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