Mailed absentee voting no longer requires an ‘excuse’

by Susan P. Jett

Prior to the November 2020 election, voters needed to supply a reason to vote absentee. That is no longer a requirement. With changes in the law for absentee voting, voters now are no longer required to provide an “excuse” to vote absentee. Any person can choose to vote by mail.

With the COVID-19 pandemic this spring and the county offices closed to the public, our offices made the quick decision to offer all voters in the town limits an opportunity to vote by mail as an alternative to voting in person. It was a very time-consuming endeavor, but once we got going, it became easier and we were constantly learning ways to be more efficient and finding areas where we needed to spend more time. Overall, we were very satisfied with the responses we got and the turnout via the mail…

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