This upcoming election cycle will generate millions of Absentee Ballots. In the 2016 Election, over 32 Million absentee ballots were cast, roughly 15% of the voting population. That was before voters were concerned about voting in person. These mail-in ballots will need to be signature verified BEFORE the ballot is processed. This huge influx will create a severe burden on small and medium sized counties that are not set up to handle the sheer volume of these absentee ballots. In the past, the few ballots that were received over a period of weeks could be processed by hand and added to the returns. That may no longer be the case.
Thankfully, someone has come up with a system to rapidly scan and verify voter signatures on absentee ballots, WITHOUT opening the ballot and thereby limiting physical contact.