VIDEO: How to fill out absentee ballots

Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 7:30 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Registrar of Voters Office in East Baton Rouge Parish is encouraging voters to take their time filling their absentee ballot and follow all instructions before mailing it back.

“The Postal service nationwide is encouraging voters to mail their ballots at least one week prior to the deadline. So we’re encouraging voters to mail them back as soon as they can after they’ve received their ballot. We’ve already received a quarter of the ballots back so far. Which is really great," said Registrar Steve Raborn.

Raborn says the biggest failure on an absentee ballot in previous elections, is the failure to get a witness signature. He says that’s one of the biggest things voters need to be aware of.

“The voter needs to sign the ballot in the presence of a witness and have a witness also sign the ballot because it’s likely the ballot will be rejected on election night by the parish board election supervisors if it doesn’t have a witness signature. That’s a really important point so and sometimes voters get confused," Raborn says.

This year will see the highest number of absentee ballots ever cast in a Louisiana election. To ensure voters have their absentee ballot counted, this instructional video shows step-by-step how to properly fill out and return an absentee ballot.

The deadline to return an absentee ballot is November 2 by 4:30 p.m.

As a reminder, to ensure all ballots are received in time to be counted, the United States Postal Service recommends that all absentee ballots be requested 15 days prior to the election and mailed back 7 days prior to the return deadline.

The list of reasons to apply for an absentee ballot can be found here.

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