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What Does “Curing Ballots” In Georgia Mean? A Volunteer Explains

What Does “Curing Ballots” In Georgia Mean? A Volunteer Explains

Across the country, all eyes are on Georgia, poised to turn blue for the first time in two decades. Part of the hold-up, though, is approximately 3,000 mail-in ballots that were invalidated due to completion errors — which voters have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, to fix.

Enter ballot-curing volunteers, who go door-to-door helping voters fix technical issues on their absentee ballots, like Lisa Hernandez. The 37-year-old had been heavily involved in getting out the vote pre-election, writing over 250 postcards to her fellow Georgians, but found herself thinking she could chip in further on Nov. 3. A Facebook group she belongs to suggested volunteering to help fix ballots, which is legal in 18 states, as a way she could help.

Hernandez tells Bustle what it means to cure a ballot, and why it’s such a crucial part of fighting voter suppression.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

The absentee ballots here are so confusing. My husband and I wrote the date in the wrong part ourselves and had to email affidavits to correct them. That’s exactly the kind of thing getting ballots rejected as they’re tallying the votes now. Putting dates in the wrong places, signing the envelope and the ballot in the wrong places, not signing the ballot with the same signature you had when you registered to vote — all of these are issues that can invalidate your ballot.

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What It’s Like To Be A Ballot Curing Volunteer In Georgia

Across the country, all eyes are on Enter Hernandez tells Bustle what it means to cure a ballot, and why it’s such a crucial part of fighting voter suppression. This interview has been edited and condensed. ballot-curing volunteers , who go door-to-door helping voters fix technical issues on their absentee ballots, like Lisa Hernandez.



What Does “Curing Ballots” In Georgia Mean? A Volunteer Explains

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