Experts: Now is the time to plan your vote

Ben Gorenstein
Created: October 15, 2020 04:20 PM

(NBC News) This year's election unlike any other, with people voting in person early, on Election Day itself and by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least ten million Americans have already cast ballots, and millions more are expected to vote between now and November 3rd. 


Experts say voters should be aware of what they're in for.

"Make an actual plan to vote, if you're going to vote in person, you should decide if you're going to vote early, or if you're going to vote on Election Day," says Debra Cleaver, founder of the non-profit VoteAmerica. 

Despite President Trump's unfounded insistence voting by mail is rife with fraud, Americans have been voting by mail successfully since the Civil War.

"It is safe and secure to vote by mail," Cleaver says.

Trump-appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray agrees.

"We have not seen historically any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election," Wray recently told Congress.

Richard Bell, author of "Voting: The Ultimate Act of Resistance," says because of the increase in people who are voting by mail this year, it might take days to count all the ballots in some states.

"You're unlikely to have a result on election night, unless it's a big landslide," Bells says, "And do not interpret a Long Count to be anything other than a careful count."

There are several nonpartisan organizations like Vote America which provide key election information about things like where you can register to vote or where to find official ballot drop boxes in your state. 

If in doubt, check with your state's secretary of state or election commission. 

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