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Some people like to vote at the polls, others like to send their vote in the mail. But an ongoing problem at the post office means some absentee votes won't count.
Many absentee ballots are sent at the last minute,  so they don't officially get tallied until the day after the polls close. But if your absentee envelope doesn't have a postmark, your vote may not get counted at all.
"If the ballot is not postmarked and we receive it on the day after election, we cannot open that ballot," said Roxanna Moritz, Scott County Auditor.
"Even though one would assume it was mailed the day before, if it doesn't have a postmark, we're not allowed by law to open it."
Moritz says this is especially a problem for elections with low voter turnout.
"Like school board elections and municipal elections where you won't have a high turnout, a few votes really can make the difference in those elections."
Moritz says there's really no specific reason why some envelopes get postmarked and some slip through the cracks. Still, the auditor's office has been in contact with the postal service trying to remedy the postmark problem.
"They're really going to diligently try to do that," Moritz said.

 

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