ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – As many people are choosing to vote by mail for this year’s election, the question of whether or not their vote may get counted is at the forefront of many voters.
The Roanoke City Elections Commission is urging those who might be leaning toward casting their vote by mail to get rid of that fear.
Andrew Cochran, Roanoke’s Director of Elections, says his office is doing everything possible to ensure every vote is counted for November’s election – especially by mail.
“It’s not a valid argument. The President votes by mail. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for everybody else. Virginia has had vote-by-mail with limitations because you used to have a reason code. But we have done this for many years and it is very safe. There is no data to support that there’s been fraud in Virginia.”Andrew Cochran, Roanoke City Director of Elections
Due to a change in the law, any registered voter has the option to cast their ballot by mail without the need for an excuse.
Cochran says to prevent fraud, there are several security measures in place, including a new system called “Ballot Scout,” which allows voters to track their ballots.
The office is also using secure codes to stop people from trying to vote more than once.
There are also some key dates to remember – especially if you plan to vote by mail.
- The final day to request a mail-in ballot in Virginia is Friday, Oct. 23.
- All mail-in ballots have to be mailed back to their precincts or postmarked no later than Election Day.
- Early voting in Virginia begins Sept. 18.
- The last day to register to vote or to update your registration is Oct. 13.
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