With the election still a few days off, many voters have already cast their ballots by mail. Are you one of them? Election officials tell us that most voters cast ballots by mail, and don’t go into a polling booth on Election Day.
I didn’t convert to voting by mail until recent years. It’s much more convenient. There are times when I miss not going to the polls and getting my “I Voted” sticker. But now I have opted for the easier voting method of filling out my ballot at home and dropping it in the mail.
With so many people voting by mail, the count on election night is slowed substantially. The mail ballots sent early can be processed early by elections officials. But those turned in on Election Day slow the count because each one has to be verified. It is a time-consuming process. The signatures on the envelopes of the mail ballots must be matched with the signature of the voters on their registration affidavits.
In close races, the slow count caused by mail ballots can delay declaring a winner for days.