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Sat Mar 14, 2020, 03:20 PM

Should we all vote by mail in 2020?

With the pandemic disrupting everything, maybe states should consider an emergency rule that we all vote by mail this year?

This may be a logical step to assure we can all vote and avoid crowds and exposures.

There are states that already use mail only balloting, like Washington. I would rather avoid a polling location during an bio-outbreak.

Most of the voting processes are already being used are ready for something like we are experiencing now.
All elections are officially processed via each state, through their individual county governments, who in turn manage them for the cities, towns & villages on those counties. Most county govt's print the actual ballots. Adding postage and an envelope? That's going to be so insurmountable to figure out, isn't it!

We might find voting by mail to be have less problems overall and be something we like and want to start doing. We still vote like it's the mid-1800's. We vote on the first tuesday after the first monday in November (for federal offices).We chose this day because the first wednesday of the month was when farmers could go to the largest city in the county ( they called them 'county seats') to sell thier produce, livestock and other wares. It took days to travel from the farm to county seats by horse, if you even had one back then. Today, to be honest, Tuesday is not the best day of the week to vote on. There are six other days, two of which are surely better choices, those two would be Sat & Sun.

Voting by mail opens your window to vote by adding two weeks or more that you have your ballot in hand, at home, where you can research candidates & referendum issues and fill in your ballot and mail it back or drop it off at locations setup for ballots.

Pandemics suck. We can find some things, that we can change to prevent major disruptions. Elections can, and should, be something that can occur without seasonal localized epidemics and most certainly, global pandemics causing politicians to inflict mistakes, mis-judgements and blatant interferences with.

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SmartVoter22 Mar 2020 OP
Hoyt Mar 2020 #1
leftieNanner Mar 2020 #2
tblue37 Mar 2020 #3
2naSalit Mar 2020 #4
sakabatou Mar 2020 #5
Dirty Socialist Mar 2020 #6

Response to SmartVoter22 (Original post)

Sat Mar 14, 2020, 03:24 PM

1. Even my red state allows voting by mail. It is certainly preferable to postponing GE.

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Sat Mar 14, 2020, 03:35 PM

2. YES!!!

My state (Oregon) is 100% VBM, but everyone should be requesting a mail-in ballot at this point if it's available in their state. Some states require an excuse to request VBM, but I think that should be waived. Of course, the Republicans won't like it because VBM will cause a bigger turnout that rarely, if ever, benefits them.

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Sat Mar 14, 2020, 03:36 PM

3. Yes! nt

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Sat Mar 14, 2020, 03:44 PM

4. Yes!

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Sat Mar 14, 2020, 04:13 PM

5. Yes! I've been voting by mail since I could vote.

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Sat Mar 14, 2020, 04:14 PM

6. I was going to post about this

ABSOLUTELY!!!

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