17.    Can my vote by mail ballot be postmarked on Election Day or does it have to arrive by Election Day?

Del. Hansen’s bill requires that your ballot be received, not postmarked, by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

This is different than the current system for absentee ballot returns, which relies on postmarks.

Why the difference?  If you mail your ballot on Election Day (or only a day or two before) and it does not arrive, you won’t know that in time to correct the problem.  You will be disenfranchised.  Making sure that ballots are received by the county clerk by the close of Election Day guarantees that your ballot is received because you can confirm it.

This is a best practice from Oregon, the oldest vote by mail state in the U.S.

We thank the League of Women Voters of West Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County for their sponsorship.  The League is not responsible for content.
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