10. When do I need to return my ballot?
a. Again, the earlier you return your absentee ballot, the better.
We recommend you mail your completed ballot by October 13th. While this isn’t the published October 25th deadline, it’s a much safer bet. Safer because it allows you ample time to resolve any potential issues and ensures your ballot arrives before the deadline.
Let’s say, for instance, you forgot to sign your ballot or your envelope. The election office will reach out to you and let you know. If you mailed it early, you have a little “cushion” of time to correct the mistake. If you don’t have extra time, and your ballot is rejected because you forgot to sign, you may not have enough time to correct the ballot. The “drop dead” deadline for your ballot to be received by election officials is 8pm ET/7pm CT on November 3rd. (But please don’t wait that long.)