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Keep Calm and Carry on Voting: How to Vote By Mail During the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 22, 2020

Voting by mail is increasingly being investigated as an alternative to traditional voting methods for use in many, if not all states in both primaries and general elections. Here is a state-by-state guide for choosing this method in upcoming primaries.

Computerized paperless voting has come up as being vulnerable to hacking and other forms of election fraud. In my state of Pennsylvania, this method has predominated in recent years, with new procedures being put in place this year to supposedly address these concerns. Voting by mail may or may not have different drawbacks. I have not seen it in action, but know that it is very common in several Western states, where people seem to be very favorably disposed to using it.

While security concerns may still exist in voting by mail, it certainly is not prone to computer hacking, dependent on new technology, or subjected to the problems of long lines, technical difficulties, or problems inherent to gathering large numbers of voters in one place to place their votes. This is a great concern to many – especially in light of the new concerns of many in dealing with the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

While voting by mail may not be a perfect solution to our faulty election system, it would eliminate some of the more prevalent forms of voter suppression experienced in recent years and promising to prevent untold millions from casting ballots this fall. It doesn’t require anyone to travel long distances to stand in long lines for hours to vote.

Voting by mail is definitely an alternative which deserves wider discussion in every state. I have heard nothing but praise for this method from those living in states where it has become the preferred method for voting. It certainly could increase turnout and result in a more representative government for all of us, while simultaneously eliminating voter suppression techniques which have resulted in extremely unequal opportunity for political expression such as gerrymandering and difficulty in getting to the polls and actually casting a ballot. – rjc

It’s easy to request an absentee ballot and there’s still enough time to do so for most states with upcoming primaries.

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2 Comments
  1. Warm Southern Breeze permalink

    Having led a peripatetic life for the 2nd part of my adult life (if it is the 2nd part of my adult life – it’s definitely the 3rd career, however), I have often cast an Absentee Ballot precisely for the reason that I never had a crystal ball which could tell me if I would, or would not be present – or alive, for that matter! – and able to vote in any election in which I was eligible to vote.

    However… I sincerely doubt that most Voters would be so motivated to do such a thing as I, or as you suggest – which I think an EXCELLENT idea, naturally. As I now understand the Vote By Mail idea (which I think a superb idea), the Voter is sent a ballot via U.S. Postal Service. I’m not certain about how all 50 states do their Absentee Balloting, but in the natal and long-time state of my residency, Absentee Balloting is done in person at the Court House in one’s resident county. At least that’s how I voted when I did so.

    And when I was in the Armed Forces, I voted Absentee by U.S. Mail, but I don’t specifically recall the events by which I obtained the ballot – though I’m certain that it was by U.S. Postal Service to me, and it was returned the same way.

    Nevertheless…

    I think all the signs are pointing to a significant state of change in November, for which we Progressive-minded folk could not be more grateful. Historically, almost every major change has been accompanied by some chaotic upheaval. It’s a sad state of affairs in which such is required, but that was also the case in Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia in 1996 when a mass shooting there preceded change in that nation’s firearms laws in response.

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  2. Thomas Woodyard permalink

    It also allows more time to look up each candidate running for a position!

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