by Mark Curtis, ABC Political Reporter
It's mail time at the Rhode Island board of elections, and even though Election Day is November 6th lots of people are already voting.
23 thousand mail–in ballots were requested so far only 5–thousand have been come in to be counted.
"If you've got a mail ballot, mark it, vote it, and get it in the mail as soon as possible. It gives the post office chance to get it here on time," said Robert Kando, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Board of Elections.
Ballots must be at the Board of Elections, by 9 p.m. on election night.
Even if they are posted marked by that date, but get their late, they will not count.
ABC 6 Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Once the ballots arrive here by mail, they are eventually locked in a secure ballot room where no one can tamper with them. They are then counted, election night."
While, 23 thousand votes by mail in Rhode Island, that's only about 3 percent of registered voters.
We asked a number of people why they don't vote that way.
Rhode Island voter Paula Maxwell said, "Well maybe the mail could get lost. I'd rather go hit the machine and let it log in there."
Voter Damien Cabral said, "The debates are still going on and there is a lot left to be heard. Someone's mind might be changed between now and the actual election day, so."
"I didn't know you could vote by mail," said voter Jessica Freeman.
Actually, that was the most common answer.
Many people simply don't know about early voting.
By the way, the deadline to request a mail–in ballot, has already past.