This bill requires ballots returned by mail to be postmarked not later than date of election and received by 7 days after the election day. Requires county clerks to announce status of tally of ballots received after election date on third and eighth calendar days after date of election.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Voter responsibility is to make sure ballots are received on time no matter the deadline. Changing the deadline doesn’t change the responsibility.
It doesn’t matter what the date or time, a voter still has to plan accordingly to make sure the ballot is received. So moving the date for delayed postal service is just a delay in certifying the election, which has no benefit and adds to confusion. If the elector returns the ballot by mail, and the postmark is not present or legible, the ballot shall be considered to be postmarked on the date of the election and may be counted if the ballot is received no later than seven calendar days after the election. It extends the constitutional interpretation of voting being held on a certain date. This delays count certification for 7 days.