Ever since the pandemic struck, state and local election officials across the country have made it clear: To avoid an election disaster in November, they need more money now.
Congressional Republicans are now signaling a new willingness to provide that, after initial fears from voting-rights advocates that the federal government would provide no more support than the $400 million that came as part of a March relief package.
Experts expect as many as 70% of all ballots cast in November’s presidential election will be cast through the mail, a quick and radical shift that will require equipment upgrades and greatly increase costs for cash-strapped states and counties. During the 2018 midterms, about a quarter of ballots were cast by mail.
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