It’s Time For All 50 States To Allow Voting by Mail | Cognoscenti
With a critically important presidential election less than eight months away, we must take a foolproof approach now to protect our democracy from catastrophic harm: all 50 states should move immediately on legislation allowing every American to vote by mail. Public health demands it, and the health of our democracy depends on it.
Our current 50-state patchwork of vote-by-mail rules roughly breaks down into four categories. A handful of states, like Colorado and Washington, conduct virtually all their elections by mail; as a voter, you receive a ballot in the mail and then return it to a designated drop box or through the postal service. Other states, such as Arizona, still have in-person elections but allow anyone to register permanently to vote by mail. If you live in a state like Florida, however, you can only get a mail-in ballot by proactively applying anew every two general elections. Then, there’s the large number of states that do not permit any voting by mail, unless you apply for an absentee ballot and sign an affidavit swearing to your legitimate excuse for not voting on Election Day.