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What to Know About Voting By Mail in Your State

What to Know About Voting By Mail in Your State

Amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the way Americans choose to cast their votes for the 2020 presidential election might look a little different this year, as a record number of people opt to rely on absentee ballots or mail-in ballots. According to The Washington Post, over 180 million voters will be eligible to vote by mail this year.

With states continuing to encourage social distancing to slow the spread of the virus, local elections have shown states struggling with longer waiting times and disorganization impacting voter turnout, even with higher reported levels of voter engagement. For example, Wisconsin and Georgia both had issues with multi-hour waits, as well as people reportedly requesting absentee ballots and never receiving them. There have also been concerns about workers contracting coronavirus due to difficulties enforcing social distancing measures and proper disinfection.

 

While mail-in voting eradicates some of these concerns, it’s brought a renewed spotlight to the financially-strained U.S. Postal Service, which is already struggling with delays and overwhelming demand due to the pandemic.

In particular, officials have expressed concerns due to recent cuts in funding for the USPS, subsequent delays in mail and package delivery, and the ramifications that these changes could have for the integrity of the upcoming election. After 20 Democratic states…

Here’s What to Know About Voting by Mail, State by State

Amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the way Americans choose to cast their votes for the 2020 presidential election might look a little different this year, as a record number of people opt to rely on absentee ballots or mail-in ballots. According to The Washington Post, over 180 million voters will be eligible to vote by mail this year.



What to Know About Voting By Mail in Your State

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