Rumor vs Reality

Question: Does my vote still count if my ballot box is damaged or destroyed? Reality: Your vote will count.

Published October 28, 2020

This card was produced in partnership with the Stop Digital Voter Suppression Project.

Last week, a ballot box in Boston was set on fire by a vandal. At the time, the box reportedly held 122 ballots. Likewise, in Washington State, a ballot box in Mill Creek was struck by a truck; this is second time in two months that the box has been damaged.

If something similar happens to you before or on election day (November 3), take the following steps:

  • Check to see if your ballot has been processed on your local Election Board website.
  • Check if your local Election Board is advising voters to use other drop boxes.
  • If for any reason, you are not able to check your ballot status online, you can still vote in person (either at early voting places or on November 3), or request that a new ballot be mailed to you.
  • If you do not or are not able to request a new ballot, be assured that if possible, your ballot will still be counted toward a vote.
  • Report your experience to the Stop Digital Voter SuppressionTM Project: