Tag: Ballots

11
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Here’s where overseas and military voters can return ballots online

  • While reliable online voting will likely never be a reality for all voters, most states permit voters in the military and those who live overseas to vote remotely.  
  • In 2020, 32 states will allow some or all overseas and military voters to return their ballots digitally via fax, email, and in a few states, with an online portal. 
  • Electronic transmission can give military voters serving in remote areas with spotty mail delivery a better chance of having their votes counted, but also raises numerous security concerns. 
  • One expert told Business Insider that online ballot transmission leaves voters with little option to verify that their choices were counted accurately and also increases the risk of malware attacks on elections officials. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Reliable online voting for everyone will, in all likelihood, never be a reality, experts say. But in 2020, many states give military and overseas voters the option to transmit their absentee ballots online. 

Members of the Armed Services and their families, diplomats, and private United States citizens living abroad all have the right to vote absentee in federal elections under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), a law first passed in the 1980s and further expanded with the MOVE Act, which was passed by Congress in 2009.

Voters covered under UOCAVA have the option to request a ballot for every election in a given year, have that ballot mailed to them no later than 45 days before the election, return it without needing to pay postage, and also have access to a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot that they can fill out if they don’t receive the requested ballot in time.

And while all voters are required to mail their ballots by Election Day, most states also give overseas and military voters

08
Oct
2020
Posted in website

‘Meghan Markle For President’ Fake Website is Asking Voters to Spoil Ballots

A fake ‘Meghan Markle for President’ website may be a voter suppression tactic as it offers voting advice that could lead supporters to spoil ballots.

The Duchess of Sussex urged Americans to vote in the November 3 poll in a series of passionate video messages this summer leading betting companies to offer odds on a run in 2024.

However, a website has now appeared, meghanforpresident.com, claiming she is standing for the highest office in America this year under the slogan: “Together, we will lead. Vote Meghan Markle for President.”

At first glance, the page appears professionally put together with real quotes from Meghan’s past public speeches and photos from official events.

It asks supporters to “write in” their vote for Meghan, even though her name does not appear on the ballot.

The addition appears to suggest the person behind the website may want to stop her fans from voting for their actual preferred of the officially named candidates.

A Sussex source told Newsweek: “It’s obviously nothing to do with us. I have no idea about the motives of whoever has done it, whether its malicious or a joke.

“There’s fake websites that crop up all the time, whether it’s posing as a charity or posing as a product that they’re endorsing.

“It’s not often that we get them in politics but fake websites do appear quite a bit.”

Meghan Markle at the Endeavour Fund Awards
Meghan Markle at the Endeavour Fund awards at Drapers’ Hall on February 7, 2019 in London, England. She appears to be the victim of a voter suppression attempt by a fake website.
Tolga Akmen/Getty

Under the title “How To Cast Your Vote For A Write-In Candidate,” the website instructs supporters on how to ignore candidates who have declared their run and