As we all know, Trump is trying to steal the election by (among other things) buggering the postal service. Rep. Ted Lieu understands the scale of the emergency, and he says everyone who’s voting by mail needs to mail in their ballots by October 22:
The House cannot adequately fund USPS without the consent of @POTUS. Only other option is veto override with Senate. Does that seem remotely plausible? NO.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 13, 2020
Other people say Democrats should vote in person if they can and vote early to 1) reduce the chance of having to stand in line for hours and risk their health, and 2) foil Trump’s obvious scheme, which is to hope for an election day lead and cry foul if it evaporates when mail-in votes are counted.
The thing is, every state has its quirks. Some accept ballots postmarked prior to election day even if received after, while other states require that the ballot is received by a designated hour on election day.
In my county here in Florida, you can vote in person even if you requested a mail-in ballot, but you’re supposed to bring the mail-in ballot with you to the polls. I don’t know what happens if you show up without it. Provisional ballot maybe?