Voting by mail in the November presidential election remains a possibility as long as coronavirus continues making in-person voting virtually impossible.
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Election officials in states with restrictive absentee requirements are looking for ways to allow as many voters as possible to use absentee ballots.
Vote by mail has gained momentum since the coronavirus outbreak worsened. However, implementing it is not fast, easy or cheap.
There is a bipartisan push to expand mail-in voting ahead of the November 2020 elections. This measure is to ensure coronavirus ready elections.
Due to coronavirus, a dozen states, including Ohio and Maryland, are considering expanding absentee and mail-in voting for the remaining of the primaries.
Democrats are arguing that for the November elections to run smoothly, the new economic stimulus package must contain funds for mail-in and absentee-voting.
Voters and stakeholders are asking for the expanded use of vote by mail during coronavirus. However, this election method has a number of risks.
Coronavirus has forced states with stringent absentee ballot requirements to source ways to ease the use of this voting method ahead of November 2020 polls.
One measure to tackle the spread of the coronavirus is for people to stay at home. This has led to more and more calls for vote-by-mail.
There is a consensus that mail voting should be used during coronavirus. Can election officials make it happen before the November 2020 polls?