Are there reasons my vote-by-mail ballot could be rejected?
If you are a registered voter, your vote-by-mail ballot should not be rejected as long as it is properly cast and received on time.
If a ballot does not arrive on time, it will be rejected. For the November 2 election, ballots must be postmarked by November 2 and must be received by the county board of elections by November 8. To ensure your vote-by-mail ballot is not late, you can either drop your vote-by-mail ballot off at a secure drop box location or at your county board of elections office or at your polling place on Election Day.
Vote-by-mail ballots that are returned without the attached certificate will be rejected. Please be careful not to detach that portion of the ballot and follow all instructions. If needed, you can request a replacement ballot from your county board of elections.
If your signature is missing or if it does not match the signature on your voter file, the county board of elections may tentatively reject your ballot. However, there is now a procedure in place to ensure your ballot still counts! If your ballot is tentatively rejected because of a signature issue, the county will mail you a “cure letter” within 24 hours of their review. Please watch out for it in the mail! The cure letter will include a cure form allowing you to verify your ballot. You will have to verify your identity by providing your driver’s license number, the last four digits of your social security number or a state-accepted ID – such as an official document that lists your name and address, or a utility or telephone bill or tax or rent receipt. You must sign and date the form. You will have until 48 hours before the election certification date to return the form to your county board of election, either in person, by fax, by email or by mail (mail has to be received by the certification date, not just postmarked). For the November 2 election, the Cure Letter must be received by November 13 (48 hours before the certification date of November 15).