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If you request an absentee ballot now, how long will it take before you get it?

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If you're still waiting on your absentee ballot to arrive in the mail, you're not alone.

A viewer asked the I-team Coronavirus Help Desk, "Mine from Henderson County was processed on September 30th and it still has not arrived, how long does the process take?"

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According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, absentee ballot requests can take between a week and 10 days to be processed and sent out.

News 13 reached out to local elections offices.

In Buncombe County, with over 51,000 requested absentee ballots, they had a two-week backlog of requests. 10 full time staff, 35-part time staff and 50 elections volunteers have been working overtime to reduce that now to a three-day turnaround.

So far, according to Buncombe County, more than 21,000 absentee ballots have been returned. On the first day of One-stop Early Voting, Buncombe County had more than 11,000 voters cast a ballot compared to 7,700 in 2016, the last Presidential Election.

In Henderson County, they're processing requests for absentee ballots in 24 hours. They caution that those who've called to request a ballot must complete the mailed-out form requesting the ballot before it can be sent. The last day to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 27.

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You can submit your questions to Iteam@wlos.com. News 13’s Jennifer Emert, Karen Zatkulak, and Lauren Brigman will work to get an answer for you.

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