Despite registration drives and get out the vote efforts, waiting in hours-long polling line remains too difficult for millions of Americans who have work, kids, and other responsibilities that prevent them from voting on Election Day.
In combination with outdated voting machines that are vulnerable to hacking and fraud, our election system is stuck in the past.
by making it easier for people to participate in elections. In 2018, the three states with vote by mail systems (Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) had significantly higher voter participation rates than the national average (63%, 61.5%, and 58.9% respectively, versus the national average of 50.3%).
by creating an easily traceable paper trail to track ballots. With secure voter verification methods, states with vote by mail election systems are among the most secure places to vote in the nation.
by enabling elections to be conducted with fewer provisional ballots, poll locations, and poll workers. Counties in Colorado saw costs decline by an average of 40% following implementation.
even those who may not otherwise be able to participate. Accessing traditional polling places isn’t always possible, because of work, disability, or simply the hectic nature of life.
States with full vote by mail systems send all registered voters their ballots ahead of the election, but it’s not the only way states can pass vote by mail. Other states create permanent absentee ballot rolls that allow voters to continually vote by mail, or no-excuse absentee ballot roles.
Watch this video from our partner Vote at Home to better understand the benefits of vote by mail.
Making voting secure and simple expands the electorate and ensures that all Americans have the opportunity to have their voices heard on election day.
8 states use full vote by mail election systems
5 states have no excuse, permanent mail ballot options
24 states have no excuse required mail ballot options