Is the Ballot Drop Box cleared daily ?

DaveSchmidt said:

It probably matters more in a tightly contested state like Florida, where the stakes are high and both parties will be standing by to challenge every discrepancy they think has the slightest chance to invalidate a ballot for the other side.

 I am talking about New Jersey. From seeing the lines in Florida I guess they aren’t getting ballots mailed to their homes. 


Jaytee said:

 I am talking about New Jersey. From seeing the lines in Florida I guess they aren’t getting ballots mailed to their homes. 

They are. 

Florida's Mail-in Ballot Totals Have Nearly Surpassed Absentee Ballots Cast in 2016 With 2 Weeks Until Election (Newsweek)


Did anyone else receive a robocall yesterday stating that their ballot had not yet been received when you had already returned your ballot to the drop box?  I did.  Thanks to the information on this thread, I was able to verify that my ballot had been received and accepted. 


It already says accepted under ballot status? I didn't think they were opening them until 10 days before the election. Mine still says received under ballot status.


jfinnegan said:

It already says accepted under ballot status? I didn't think they were opening them until 10 days before the election. Mine still says received under ballot status.

 Yes.  Several others have reported the same result.


I am my wife each got large postcards in the mail today from the Essex County Clerk that say, "Thank you for voting."    Good job by election officials.  


joan_crystal said:

Did anyone else receive a robocall yesterday stating that their ballot had not yet been received when you had already returned your ballot to the drop box?  I did.  Thanks to the information on this thread, I was able to verify that my ballot had been received and accepted. 

 Are you sure that wasn't a scam call?  I'm not aware of any official process to do calls like that.


My Request Status is Accepted but my ballot request is still Received.  I posed the question to Chris Durkin as to how long it takes for the ballot status to be updated.  I also mentioned the robocall to him as well, I'll let you know if/when I hear back.


From Chris: Ballot status will not change from received to accepted until after the election.

In regards to the robo call: 

That robo call went out yesterday and my understanding is that it was a bad file being utilized by robo caller because every person we have contacted saying their ballot was not received...has officially returned their ballot in the system.


Jamie:  My sources tell me that the calls were made by the Democratic Committee.  Possibly Ian Grodman can verify.  Regardless of the source, these calls were ill advised and have the potential to disrupt the election process by leading to unnecessary requests for a duplicate ballot and unnecessary casting of provisional ballots on Election Day.  Fortunately, the County Clerk's Office is sending out thank you for voting post cards to assure voters that their ballot has been received.  I got my card in today's mail.  


If it's not  changed from received to accepted until after the election then isn't it too late to do anything about it if there's a problem?


My record is already showing accepted.  Plus, I received a post card from the County today thanking me for voting.


Joan - are you going here:

https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot.shtml

And under Ballot status for this year it says accepted?

This is what mine shows:


jamie said:

From Chris: Ballot status will not change from received to accepted until after the election.


 Yeah but what about if it's rejected? That can't wait until after the election, can it?


Jamie:  Yes.  My ballot was returned much earlier than yours.  That could explain the difference in status.


ok, Durkin said the Ballot Status shouldn't be marked as accepted until after the election - strange - anyone else see this status?


Mine looks the same as yours, except it was received on 10/15.


I think this is the number to call for verification that your ballot was accepted. You speak to a real person, and they are very pleasant. Even though they’re swamped with calls. Chris is doing a really great job.

973) 621-8819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">973) 621-8819


I was told that ballot accepted means the signature and address written on the overleaf attached to the secret ballot envelope means it passed scrutiny. The overleaf is then detached from the envelope and the envelope which is now anonymous to ensure the secrecy of how you voted is placed with the other accepted.

The accepted envelopes are opened and their votes tallied. If there are mistakes on the ballot voting sheet the voter cannot be notified because they don't know whose ballot it is.


Floyd said:

I was told that ballot accepted means the signature and address written on the overleaf attached to the secret ballot envelope means it passed scrutiny. The overleaf is then detached from the envelope and the envelope which is now anonymous to ensure the secrecy of how you voted is placed with the other accepted.

The accepted envelopes are opened and their votes tallied. If there are mistakes on the ballot voting sheet the voter cannot be notified because they don't know whose ballot it is.

 This is my understanding. If you made a mistake by voting for the wrong person or forgetting to vote on a Question or for a position you don't get a do over anymore than if you voted in person on a voting machine. I can think of at least one difference. By mistake you cold fill in the "bubble" for two candidates nullifying your vote. The machines we have been using don't allow you to do that.


STANV said:

Floyd said:

I was told that ballot accepted means the signature and address written on the overleaf attached to the secret ballot envelope means it passed scrutiny. The overleaf is then detached from the envelope and the envelope which is now anonymous to ensure the secrecy of how you voted is placed with the other accepted.

The accepted envelopes are opened and their votes tallied. If there are mistakes on the ballot voting sheet the voter cannot be notified because they don't know whose ballot it is.

 This is my understanding. If you made a mistake by voting for the wrong person or forgetting to vote on a Question or for a position you don't get a do over anymore than if you voted in person on a voting machine. I can think of at least one difference. By mistake you cold fill in the "bubble" for two candidates nullifying your vote. The machines we have been using don't allow you to do that.

 OK. This makes sense.


I just received an apology robocall from the NJ State Democratic Committee stating that the previous call I received from them may have been placed in error.  The recorded message referred to the call I cited earlier on this thread stating that my ballot had not been received.  The call went on to give directions for verifying whether my ballot had in fact been received and urged me to vote if I had yet to submit my ballot.  I was pleased to see that they are making a sincere attempt to undo the damage that could have been caused by their prior robocall.  I just wish they had not placed the earlier robocall in the first place.


I received a confirmation of my vote today.  The ballot box and early voting works!!


My ballot was received still not showing accepted but I did get the card in the mail. My wife dropped hers off on 10/18 and still showing N/A. Can you vote in person if by election day it is still showing N/A at that point there has to be something wrong.   


I think if they advise you it is received it means it's accepted. They know it's from you so they have matched the signatures. At least that is what makes sense to me.


STANV said:

I think if they advise you it is received it means it's accepted. They know it's from you so they have matched the signatures. At least that is what makes sense to me.

 From what I understand, "accepted" means that your certification flap is attached, filled out correctly, and signature has been matched with what they have in their files.  A ballot can be received and rejected for one of the above reasons.  If the ballot is rejected, you are supposed to be contacted, told the issue, and given an opportunity to correct it.  


jim4284 said:

My ballot was received still not showing accepted but I did get the card in the mail. My wife dropped hers off on 10/18 and still showing N/A. Can you vote in person if by election day it is still showing N/A at that point there has to be something wrong.   

 She should definitely vote in person by provisional ballot if it is not showing as received by election day.


I would say at this point nobody should be putting a ballot in the USPS. Use the drop box, drop it off at the County Clerk's office in Newark or hand it to a poll worker on election day. 

I have to set up my account to make sure my ballot has been received. I dropped it in the box last week.


meh. We're in NJ. We don't really count.  LOL


drummerboy said:

meh. We're in NJ. We don't really count. 
LOL

 If you live in a number of our Congressional Districts your vote counts a great deal. Specifically the 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 11th. 

During the 2018 federal midterm elections, Democratic candidates Tom Malinowski, Mikie Sherrill, Jeff Van Drew, and Andy Kim won an additional four seats for their party. This left Chris Smith in the 4th district as the only Republican member of New Jersey's congressional delegation for the 116th Congress. Van Drew, however, left the Democratic Party on December 19, 2019 to become a Republican.



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