Voting by mail is a safe and easy alternative to voting in person, and it's especially important this election if you have concerns about contracting or spreading COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, many States are making the mail-in voting process easier. If you are thinking of avoiding the lines, staying away from crowds, or other reasons to vote by mail, we are hoping to make that process clearer for you.
In short, there is no scientifically signifcant data that tells us voting by mail increases voter fraud. Recently, there are attempts to create fear around the voting by mail process, but an analysis of vote-by-mail in three states by the The Washington Post found that instances of voter fraud in mailed-in ballots represented 0.0025% of votes cast. This is an insignificant difference from in-person voting. In both cases, it is voter suppression that can make the biggest difference.
Your mail-in ballot comes with precise instructions you should follow, but there are a few common mistakes to be aware of:
These terms generally refer to the same thing: the ability to mail in your ballot. Just know that in some states you have to request an “absentee ballot” to get your ballot in the mail.
Although the postal service will pick up and deliver your ballot direct from your mailbox (thank you USPS)—since this is an unprecedented election, we do recommend using a Ballot drop-off or dropping your ballot at the local election office if you have the chance.