Why Vote By Mail?
“Research shows that communities of color, young people, and low-income Americans are disproportionately burdened by registration barriers, inflexible voting hours, and polling place closures, making it more difficult for these groups to vote. Participation gaps persist along racial, educational, and income-level differences.”
Benefits of Vote By Mail
- Convenient: Voters can vote by simply dropping if off in their mailbox or at a secure ballot drop box. Find your nearest one here.
- Know Your Ballot: Ballots will start sending out on September 19*. That’s 45 days to discover all the candidates and research about Ballot Questions and to vote when you’re ready. (*Barring any changes due to Executive Orders to during coronavirus)
- Secure: Because it’s a paper ballot, there’s a record of the county receiving your vote. You can track your ballot online here.
- Cheap: UPDATE 7/22/20: We believe that these mail-in ballots will have prepaid postage just like the Primary Election (no cost to voters.)
- Contactless: Helps with shelter-in-place orders to stop the spread of coronavirus
Inclusivity means providing Options
Just as polling places can be a barrier to voting for people without means of transportation, with work hour and shift constraints, with limitations to childcare, and with mobility issues, so can Vote By Mail. Restricting voting in the face of a global pandemic to just voting by mail can be a barrier to voting for citizens whose first language is not English, without an address, with inconsistent mail delivery, with sight issues, with writing issues, or those who can’t afford or know how to obtain a stamp. To be as inclusive in order to provide access and reach to as many voting age citizens as possible, Vote By Mail should be one of several options for voting including secure ballot drop boxes, extended voting days, and polling places mitigated for physical distancing.