Around 75% of voting Americans can do so by mail in November's presidential election.
“If recent election trends hold and turnout increases, as experts predict, roughly 80 million mail ballots will flood election offices this fall,” reported The New York Times. As per the publication, “more than double the number that were returned in 2016.”
According to Fox News, with the COVID-19 pandemic, “discussions about safety at polling places forced states to make mail voting more accessible.”
“I have a hard time looking back at history and finding an election where there was this significant of a change to how elections are administered in this short a time period,” said Alex Padilla, the California secretary of state.
Each registered voter will be mailed a ballot ahead of the election in nine states and Washington, D.C. In 33 states, voters may cast an absentee ballot without an excuse. Each registered voter will be mailed an application to request an absentee ballot in eight states. Also, voters will need to acquire an application for an absentee ballot themselves in 25 states, Fox News explained.
In another eight states, voters still need an excuse beyond coronavirus to vote absentee, Fox News added.
“Most of the changes are temporary and have been made administratively by state,” the New York Times also explained. Additionally, “local officials who have the power to make adjustments during emergencies like the pandemic.”
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