Nevada has adopted universal mail voting. Election officials have to send out mail ballots to all registered voters before elections.
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.
This legislative session, Massachusetts is poised to make permanent the pandemic-motivated mail-in and early voting procedures.
Last week, Kansas passed new laws restricting mail-in voting, including prohibiting third parties from sending more than ten ballots.
Over 2 in 3 Americans voted using methods the GOP is trying to restrict. This is a finding made by recently published census data.
New Census results show that some demographic groups that voted for Trump were among those most likely to vote-by-mail in 2020.
After Trump pushed the big lie in last year’s election, Republican voters are voicing fresh doubts about absentee and early voting.
Wisconsin has come under scrutiny for not having a ballot that complies with the American Disabilities Act for absentee voting.
The Senate of the state of Texas passed S.B.7 March 7, 2021. If promulgated, the new law will severely restrict voter access in Texas.
Progressives argue New Jersey’s democracy is shattered when a small number of people decide who the party-backed candidates are.
The Republican party has accelerated attempts to restrict voting, especially mail-in-voting. But there are reasons why it could backfire.