More Americans than ever are expected to cast their ballots through the mail this election, and doing so may seem daunting to first-time absentee voters or those unfamiliar with the process.
Some states now allow their residents to more easily cast mail-in ballots as the coronavirus pandemic makes the safety of in-person voting questionable, and the analyst website FiveThirtyEight estimates one-third of American voters will use this method, McClatchy News reported.
Mail-in voting, despite unfounded claims from President Donald Trump and other Republican lawmakers, does not lead to increased fraud and doesn’t help one party’s chances of winning over another.
But there are some common mistakes mail-in voters make that can render their ballots invalid.
In 2016, roughly 1% of all mail-in ballots cast were rejected, according to a report from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. A CBS News analysis found in that in key battleground states, between just under