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Do I have to have my signature witnessed on my by-mail absentee ballot? Who can be a witness?

Yes, the witness signature requirement for mail-in absentee ballots was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court on October 5.

  • Under the court's order, any ballots received by county officials through October 7 will be counted regardless of whether the return envelope has a witness signature.
  • To ensure your absentee ballot counts:
    • Sign the voter's oath on the return envelope.
    • Have a witness sign AND provide address.  Any other person can be a witness.
    • Return your ballot before 7:00 p.m. on November 3.  Ballots can be returned in person or by mail.  You should mail your ballot as soon as possible and at least a week before election day to allow time for delivery before the deadline.