Oregonians have been voting by mail for president since 2000. On Wednesday, Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden proposed allowing all Americans to vote by mail in case of an emergency, and asked for $500 million to help states get ready for any voter disruptions caused by the now-pandemic coronavirus, The Washington Post reports.
The practice of voting by mail has gained popularity across the country since it was passed in Oregon in 1998. According to The Washington Post, one-quarter of all American voters cast their ballots by mail in 2018.
Before coronavirus became a major national concern, more states were becoming interested in vote-by-mail for security and accessibility reasons. The practice leaves fewer vulnerabilities for hackers and doesn’t require anyone to take time off of work.
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