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Secretary of State requests absentee voters check status amid reports of stolen mail

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 15:45:15-04

The Louisiana Secretary of State's Office is asking people who absentee voted to check the status of their ballot amid reports of a Louisiana voter’s absentee ballot being found in a stolen mail collection box in Texas.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin reminds voters who have requested or returned an absentee ballot to check the status of their ballot.

Absentee ballot statuses can be checked by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov, filling in the appropriate voter information and clicking “Check Absentee Ballot Status.” Should a voter’s absentee ballot not be received by the deadline, the voter can still vote in-person on Election Day.

“The incident is currently under investigation by my office’s Elections Compliance Unit,” Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said. “Texas election officials have made contact with the East Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters, and we are working with the ROV to contact the voter and offer a voting solution.”

KPRC 2 in Houston had details the ballot theft.

The station reports say that US Postal Inspectors are working to find the people responsible for dumping two bins of stolen mail in a townhome complex dumpster. KPRC reports that among the stolen correspondence were sensitive legal documents from multiple law firms, including a last will and testament, wedding announcements, birthday and thank you cards, packages, documents with personal information and two absentee ballots.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 30 by 4:30 pm, and the deadline to return a completed ballot is Monday, November 2 by 4:30 pm.

Completed ballots can be returned to the parish registrar of voters by mail, in-person by the voter, or by a voter’s immediate family member.

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