Common Election Mishaps

Whether you're a first-time or frequent voter, it is possible you might encounter an unforeseen issue while trying to vote. According to Pew Research, in 2020, "about 6% of voters say they encountered difficulties when casting their ballot", many citing long lines or problems casting their absentee ballot as their quoted difficulty (The Voting Experience in 2020). Although some of the issues listed below may require the help of your local elections office to resolve, there are also steps you as a voter can take to avoid these problems or resolve them if they occur. Please note that this page is designed to provide some guidance for common scenarios mentioned during the 2020 election in the hopes to inform voters for future elections, but it is not comprehensive. If you have serious concerns about your ability to vote, please contact your local elections office.



Absentee Ballots



Early Voting



In-Person Voting