The OP raises a very interesting question, and it’s one that is particularly relevant to me right now. I’m a college student living outside of my home voting district, but I am nonetheless very intent on voting via absentee ballot. However, despite my best efforts at doing so, I may not be able to vote. I requested an absentee ballot three weeks ago. One week ago I contacted the voting office in my hometown and I was told that the ballot had been returned to them by the mail - apparently they had my temporary address incorrect. I provided them with a corrected address and was told it was going out in the mail pronto. Over a week later (as of today) and I still haven’t received my ballot. And of course, the election is only getting closer by the minute. I’m going to be lividly furious if I can’t exercise one of my Constitutional rights because of someone’s incompetence - whether it be in the postal service, the voting office, wherever.
By an unfortunate twist of fate, my roommate, who is also outside his home voting district, is in the exact same situation as I am. He has contacted his home office and has heard the same sort of thing I have - the ballot’s on its way, nothing to worry about, etc.
I can’t help but wonder how many young people find themselves in the situation my roommate and I do. Without a doubt there are record numbers of young people registered to vote for this election, but many of them are college age like myself. How many of them will desire to vote but will have their absentee ballot lost, either en route to them or en route back to their hometown? Does anyone have any historical statistics about this sort of thing? I’d very much like to see it.