(updated 10/30/2020) The first national election under pandemic conditions is approaching its most significant deadline – the date and time of poll closure after which no voting should take place but in some cases late return of ballots is allowed. Military and overseas voters should have had ballot packets for several weeks and domestic mail ballots are in more hands than ever before and many are being returned earlier than usual. Much more attention is being paid to central count process in this election because of the huge expansion of remote voting on paper aka Vote By Mail or Vote At Home or Absentee voting. Because eligibility checking is a serious challenge with remote voting, signature verification is of special interest this election as are any postmark requirements and the uses of unattended outdoor drop boxes. As an election watcher I am helping to prepare others for what they might get a chance to see now that fewer citizens are visiting polling places where they would see most of the election processes and instead are only mailing or dropping off a home-voted paper ballot.
Here is the link to my page of stories from watching experiences and opportunities to watch election process remotely in this current election. Enjoy!