US “voters with visual impairments say without accessible absentee ballots they must risk their health or give up privacy”, Aljazeera.
Absentee and Mail Voting articles on Democracy Chronicles
Absentee and mail voting systems are a benefit to people who may not be able to attend a polling station in person, either through a physical disability or absence from the locality - although the general public can benefit as well. Also see our section on American democracy or our articles on the Internet and Voting, Military Voting or just general Voter Access.
AG William Barr has again blasted mail-in-voting. In his renewed condemnation of the method, he claims ‘there are going to be ballots floating around’.
WH and AG Barr tried using former President Jimmy Carter to discredit mail-il voting but the President has affirmed it is a safe voting method.
Overseas military and family members now have a free express mail option for their absentee ballot ahead of the November elections.
Trump is encouraging voters to cast both mail-in and in-person ballots. Voting twice will, however, create a new challenge for the voting system.
The USPS removes postal boxes each year. However, the context of the 2020 presidential election has rather politicised this routine operation.
After concerns overhaul of the USPS would hamper vote-by-mail this November, Postmaster has promised to prioritise mail ballots.
President Trump made election security claims that suggested fraud schemes around mail-in voting. The FBI finds no evidence for them.
USPS Postmaster has been accused of attempts to disrupt mail-in voting in service changes. He has denied this in Senate testimony.
Postmaster’s recent changes in the USPS raised voter suppression concerns. Rights advocates are suing the service on these grounds.