Fact check: False claim that photo of discarded mail shows ballots cast for Trump
A photo of a dozen boxes of mail discarded on the side of the road is from 2018, when President Donald Trump wasn't even on the ballot."Boy oh boy, there finding thrown away Trump ballets (sic) everywhere now, California, Texas, n Pennsylvania," Kimberly C. Lecroy wrote on Facebook alongside the image.
The claim: If a ballot arrives after Election Day, it will be thrown out and ignored
“Even if your mail-in ballot is postmarked today, if it arrives after Election Day, it will be thrown out. Discounted. Ignored,” reads an Oct. 28 Facebook post by author Elizabeth Gilbert.
USA TODAY reached out to a spokesperson for Gilbert for comment.
The post has been shared over 1,300 times and is accompanied by a screenshot of a tweet from former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is now chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
“It’s too late to use the mails. Given Supreme Court rulings I urge everyone to now vote in person; early vote or use drop boxes. Protect your health but don’t let the Court and the deliberately crippled Postal Service deprive you of your most previous civil right,” reads the tweet from Holder.
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Fact check: What's true and what's false about voting by mail in 2020
Many states require that a ballot be received by Nov. 3, however, 21 states and Washington, D.C., will count ballots that arrive after Nov. 3, with deadlines varying. Here's a guide:
Nov. 6 deadline
In Kentucky, mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 6, however, county clerks say it is a risk to send absentee ballots through the mail because there is no guarantee thatthey will arrive by the deadline.
Ballots being sent via mail in Kansas and Virginia must be postmarked by the close of business on Election Day. In Kansas, ballots must be received by 5 p.m. Nov 6, and at noon for Virginia, Time reported.
In Massachusetts, ballots are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 6.
In Pennsylvania – a key battleground state – the Nov. 6 ballot return deadline remains in place after the Supreme Court recently refused for a second time to change the state's election rules, USA TODAY reported.
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Nov. 9 deadline
According to FiveThirtyEight, absentee ballots in Iowa and North Dakota must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and received by noon Nov. 9.
In West Virginia, officials expect absentee ballots mailed as late as Election Day to be counted by Nov. 9, according to WCHS.
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Nov. 10 and Nov. 12 deadlines
Minnesota's secretary of state said Thursday it's too late for voters to mail back absentee ballots, after a three-judge federal appeals court panel sided with Republicans and indicated that mail-in ballots arriving after Election Day are at risk of being invalidated, according to the Associated Press.
In Mississippi, mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 10, per the Associated Press.
Similarly, ballots in Nevada and New Jersey must also be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by county election boards by Nov. 10.
Those dates hold for New York ballots, too, however, ballots that arrive by Nov. 4 will also be counted even if they do not have a postmark, according to FiveThirtyEight.
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In North Carolina, ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by 5 p.m. Nov. 12. The Supreme Court recently allowed absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted nine days after the Election, USA TODAY reported.
Nov. 13 deadline
Mail-in ballots in Alaska must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received no later than Nov. 13.
Washington, D.C., Maryland and Ohio also allow ballots to be received up to 10 days after Nov. 3.
Nov. 17 and later
Illinois requires that ballots be postmarked by Election Day and received 14 days after, on Nov. 17.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that ballots in Utah must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and received by the day of the county canvass. The canvass will be two weeks after the election in Utah's biggest counties, while smaller counties will hold the canvass a week after the election.
Ballots in California must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and returned no later than Nov. 20, and in Washington ballots must be postmarked on Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 23, according to Time.
Our rating: Partly false
It is true that some states will not count ballots that are received after Election Day. However, many states have extensions that allow ballots to arrive — and count — after Nov. 3 with different deadlines. Therefore, we rate this claim as PARTLY FALSE.
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Key states to watch include not only perennial toss-ups but also states Trump won solidly four years ago, including Georgia, Iowa, Ohio and Texas.Yes, voters in each of the 50 states participate in the presidential election. But, like past elections, it will be key blocs in a dozen battleground states that are likely to decide who occupies the Oval Office in January.
Our fact-check sources:
Courier Journal, Oct. 29, Where can I vote? 5 fast facts as Election Day nears in Kentucky
Time, Sept. 18, Voting By Mail? Here Are the Deadlines in Every U.S. State
USA TODAY, Oct. 28, Supreme Court leaves in place Pennsylvania's Nov. 6 deadline for return of absentee ballots.
FiveThirtyEight, Oct. 29, How to Vote in the 2020 Election
WCHS, Oct. 28, Election officials hopeful for no hiccups in absentee ballot process
Associated Press, Oct. 29, Minnesota SOS: Too late to mail ballots -- but not to vote
Star Tribune, Oct. 27, Minnesota ballot extension deadline goes before federal appeals panel
NorthJersey.com, Sept. 29, All of your questions about voting in the Nov. 3 NJ election, answered here
Democrat & Chronicle, Oct. 12, Voting by mail in New York? Avoid these mistakes to ensure your vote counts
USA TODAY, Oct. 28, Supreme Court leaves North Carolina's Nov. 12 deadline for receipt of absentee ballots in place
Must Read Alaska, Oct. 18, Early voting starts Monday
The Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 13, As Utah ballots arrive in mailboxes this week, officials urge returning them early
Vote.org, Absentee Ballot Deadlines
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Lane County Elections workers David Campbell, left, and Matt Eva remove ballots from the dropbox at the election offices on Charnelton Street on Oct. 26, 2020, in Eugene, Oregon. More than 40 percent of ballots have been returned by voters in Lane County.
Lane County Elections worker Elaine Erwin prepares ballot envelopes before they are scanned for signatures on Oct. 26, 2020, in Eugene, Oregon. More than 40 percent of ballots have been returned by voters in Lane County.
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A voter walks toward election officials who are wearing face shields, mask and gloves at a Vote Center located at the Staples Center on the first weekend of early in-person voting on October 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Voters in Los Angeles County are now able to vote in person at any Vote Center located within the county.
A worker sanitizes a hand rail at a Vote Center located at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on the first weekend of early in-person voting on October 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Voters in Los Angeles County are now able to vote in person at any Vote Center located within the county.
People walk out of a Vote Center located at Compton College on the first weekend of early in-person voting on October 25, 2020 in Compton, California. Voters in Los Angeles County are now able to vote in person at any Vote Center located within the county.
President Donald Trump walks with Wendy Sartory Link, Supervisor of Elections Palm Beach County, after casting his ballot for the presidential election, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla.
An election worker moves returned ballots from a sorting machine behind at the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Renton, Wash. Election officials there said that 280,000 county ballots had already been returned, nearly 20% of the total sent to voters. Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting.
People wait in line to vote outside of an early voting site, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. Florida begins in-person early voting in much of the state Monday. With its 29 electoral votes, Florida is crucial to both candidates in order to win the White House.
Poll workers receive Vote-by-Mail ballots in a drive thru system setup at the Election Headquarters polling station on Oct.19, 2020 in Doral, Florida. The poll workers placed the ballots into an official ballot drop box after receiving them. The early voting ends on Nov. 1. Voters are casting their ballots for presidential candidates President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
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Cook County jail detainees check in before casting their votes after a polling place was opened in the facility for early voting on Oct. 17, 2020 in Chicago, Ill. It is the first time pretrial detainees in the jail will get the opportunity for early voting in a general election.
A Miami-Dade election worker feeds ballots into a voting machines during an accuracy test at the Miami-Dade Election Department headquarters on Oct. 14, 2020 in Doral, Florida. The test was done as the county prepares for the November 3rd election where President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are facing off against each other.
People wait in line to fill out a ballot at the Southeast Library on Hickory Hollow Parkway on the first day of early voting on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, in Antioch, Tenn. Other states have reported big turnouts in early voting for the November presidential race.
Workers at the Miami-Dade County Election Department move racks of vote-by-mail ballots onto a U.S. Post Office truck to be delivered to voters on Oct. 1, 2020 in Doral, Fla. The Miami-Dade County Elections Department mailed out more than 530,000 vote-by-mail ballots to voters with a request on file for the November 3, 2020 General Election.
A Miami-Dade County Elections Department employee loads a cart of vote-by-mail ballots into a truck for transport to a local U.S. Postal Service office, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Doral, Fla. The department mailed out more than 530,000 vote-by-mail ballots Thursday to voters that requested them for the Nov. 3 general election.
Election worker Nancy Wilcox looks through mail-in ballot requests Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the Johnson County election office in Olathe, Kan. The office has processed more than 100,000 mail-in ballot requests so far as more people than normal are expected to vote by mail due to concerns about the new coronavirus.
Election workers open and sort mail-in ballot requests Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the Johnson County election office in Olathe, Kan. The office has processed more than 100,000 mail-in ballot requests so far as more people than normal are expected to vote by mail due to concerns about the coronavirus.