"Never before have so many voters voted before election day in British Columbia's electoral history", said Boegman. Voters who are at risk for contracting the virus, including anyone age 65 or older, can cast an absentee ballot without getting it notarized.
The early voting process is new to the state, only being signed into law a year ago.
This, he said is due to the fact that mail-in ballots are counted centrally and can't be counted for at least 13 days after the election, as per legislation.
Stephanie Sharp, a spokeswoman for the attorney general, later reiterated the office's duty to defend state election laws, adding, "Every timely and validly cast absentee ballot must be counted regardless of how long that process takes". It may take less time, and in some places you can speed things up by using an official drop box to return your ballot without relying on the mail.
The court's majority declined to declare the voting deadline unconstitutional, finding that the processes put in place by election officials during the pandemic provide adequate opportunities for Mainers to cast their ballots without an undue burden on voters. Missouri officials only count late absentee ballots sent in by active duty military members and their immediate family.
Given issues with the labelling of absentee ballots and uncertainty around the capacity of the postal service, local politicians and leaders are recommending voters vote early in-person if they are psychically able to. Many other states already do this with no problems.
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Pennsylvania's Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar had requested clarity on ballot rules in the Keystone State.
In Pulaski County, 10,039 registered voters had requested absentee ballots by August 27, representing a 550% increase from the same date in 2016, according to the suit.
All ballots in Missouri must be received by the local election office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
More than 35 million people have voted by mail and more than 15 million in person.
Early voting kicks off in New York City on Saturday morning, October 24, and will run until Sunday, Nov. 1.