3. I think my disability means I qualify, but if I’m mistaken will I face legal consequences if I request or cast an absentee ballot?
a. Basically, no.
In 2016, out of the 2.54 million ballots cast in the state of Tennessee, only one absentee ballot was found to contain pursuable fraud. This means you face a .00000039% chance of any legal consequences related to absentee voting. That said, first make sure that you are registered to vote before requesting an absentee ballot. Once you are officially registered, do your best to complete the ballot thoroughly and accurately.
State authorities are also NOT allowed to investigate absentee votes cast under the State Supreme Court’s Covid-19 ruling for fraudulent health claims. In other words, your local election commissions cannot throw out a ballot or retroactively punish absentee voters after the election because they voted absentee out of COVID-19 concerns.
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