While speaking with Clerk Mary Helmbrecht about House Bill 4907, I learned about a surprising misconception spreading around, about absentee ballots. Some people believe that their absentee ballots won’t be counted unless the election is close. As if their ballots are like some second string, back up team ballots, only called in to shine if the star player ballots tragically twist their ankle in the big game and there is only 30 seconds left on the clock.
This, Clerk Helmbrecht reassures me, is just not true. All votes count. All votes, whether mailed in a week before the election day or cast in person the day of, matter. The only votes that don’t count are those submitted after the deadline. Hopefully by airing more news about House Bill 4907 which involves absentee ballots for Americans overseas and in the military, the public can rest assure that the votes will be counted. Even if they are the scrawny, B-Team, uncoordinated ballots.