USA Needs Absentee Ballots

Submitted by ub on Wed, 03/25/2020 - 06:36

All American citizens must demand that every state adopt mail-in voting. US Election officials need to move now and not wait. Soon, it will be too late. There won’t be time to make the changes needed to avoid chaos on Election Day. We are all equal at the ballot box, but only if we register and vote using our mailbox.

The League of Women Voters engages millions of voters every year ensuring Americans have the information they need to participate in elections to determine our future.

USA citizens may vote absentee by mail. Applications are available at your county board of elections or can be downloaded online.

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The League of Women Voters officially calls on all states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia to expand no-excuse absentee voting and mail-in ballots for the duration of the 2020 election cycle. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, it is imperative for state election officials to address voters and poll workers’ fears by limiting the need to cast an in-person ballot. The time to act is now.

We call on all states to take the necessary measures to ensure voters have increased time and opportunities to request and return mail-in ballots and to make ballots available for pickup and drop-off at any polling location, especially for voters in vulnerable communities. Secretaries of State should work directly with local election officials to educate voters on these more flexible expanded methods for casting ballots.

We also call on the Democratic and Republican National Committees to encourage all states to provide more accessible options for all voters at this critical time. The national party leaders should find ways for election officials to provide greater flexibility for voters by suspending rules around who can request absentee ballots and allow for no-excuse absentee options with reasonable adjustments to the deadlines associated with these options.