Every voter whose ballot is “challenged,” for any reason, will receive a letter from the elections department, giving them the opportunity to “cure” the challenge. In other words, voters are given an opportunity to fix an issue so their ballot can then be processed and counted. This is one of the reasons in Vote by Mail elections, final results are not official until certification.
If your ballot is challenged because you forgot to sign the return envelope, your letter will come with a Missing Signature Form. Simply sign and return by the indicated date. Once received by us, your ballot will be processed, counted, and your ballot status will be changed to ‘accepted.’
If your ballot is challenged due to a question about the signature itself, you will be asked to return a Signature Update Form. Signatures are challenged for a variety of reasons such as the signature in a voter’s registration file is old (for most of us our signatures change over time); the voter has had a recent medical issue (stroke, a broken bone, etc.), which has caused their signature to change; someone else in the voter’s household has accidentally signed the wrong ballot return envelope; etc.
As long as there is no attempt to intentionally forge a signature, a felony offense, the process for updating a signature is as simple as signing the form we send you and returning it within the timeframe indicated on the accompanying letter.