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The Real Reason Why Democrats Want You to Vote by Mail in 2020

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David R. Jefferson, voting and election security expert for 20 years Answered June 3, 2019

There are complicated trade-offs with replacing in-person voting with all-mail elections. Most states (but not all) already allow voters to mail in their ballots if they wish. But your question specifically asks about all-mail elections. So I will re-phrase the question to be “What are the pros and cons of eliminating in-person precinct balloting, including Colorado-style vote center balloting , and requiring all voters to vote by mail?”

Pros:

  • All-mail balloting is logistically much simpler and cheaper for the jurisdiction. The jurisdiction does not need to purchase, maintain, warehouse, and secure hundreds of precinct voting machines that are used at most a few days per year.
  • The jurisdiction does not have to struggle to recruit, train, and pay a huge temporary workforce of poll workers over and over, for every election, primary, general, and special.
  • The jurisdiction does not have struggle to find locations for precinct voting that meet the legal requirements, e.g. have a certain square footage, lighting, parking, wheelchair accessibility, etc., and that can be open from 6 AM to 9 PM on election day. There must be precinct locations in every neighborhood where voters live, not just those that are dense with public facilities.
  • The jurisdiction does not have to truck voting machines, tables, chairs, literature, paper ballots, laptops, signage, etc. to every polling place in the jurisdiction in advance of election day, and then collect and truck back all of the same when the election is over.

Cons:

  • Mail delivery is out of the control of election officials. If they mail a blank ballot to a voter, they don’t know for certain that it got there, or when.
  • Mail delivery is also out of control of voters. They don’t know for certain that their ballot will be delivered, or if they mail near the deadline, that it will arrive in time to be counted.
  • Mail-in ballots are sent to voters about 45 days in advance of the election. Many voters are not prepared to vote until a few days before election day, and by that time they have misplaced the ballot and it is too late for them to request another to be sent to them.
  • Envelopes that obviously contain voted ballots are handled by many postal employees, and there is no way to assure that a rogue employee will not toss a ballot into the trash, or open the ballot, modify it, and re-seal it.) From a security point of view, there is a two-person rule in the handling of ballots cast in person, meaning that no one is ever allowed to be alone with voted ballots. But no such rule applies to postal workers.
    • And before postal workers come down on me, please understand that I think this virtually never happens. But in a hyper-partisan era when trust in electoral processes is at an all-time low, the additional uncertainty of having all ballots handled by postal workers, out of sight of voters and election officials, is just another source of suspicion it would be better not to have.
  • The mail-in ballot is incompatible with VoterID laws. There is no way to ask a mail-in voter to present a driver’s license, passport or other ID when voting.
  • Mail-in ballots are often folded awkwardly or have coffee stains or other problems that prevent them from going through high-speed scanners. This is especially true if the ballots were printed on voter’s own computer printers, or marked with colored ink, etc. These ballots must be hand-copied by-election employees onto fresh ballot stock, a very labor-intensive process that can possibly introduce errors.
  • Mail-in ballots have to be sent in envelopes with the voters’ name and signature on them so that the voter can be checked for being registered, and can be prevented from voting more than once. This requires a signature check for every ballot to see that the signature on the envelope “matches” that stored in the voter registration database for that voter. Sometimes this is a human judgment call, sometimes software is used. But either way, it is a slow process, errors are made, and some people are wrongly disenfranchised.
  • Also, because a mail-in ballot must have the voter’s name and address on the envelope, on the face of it, that immediately raises a risk to the privacy of the secret ballot. There have to be procedures to check the eligibility of the voter from the information on the envelope before the envelope is opened. Then when the eligibility is confirmed, the ballot has to be irrevocably separated from the envelope without looking to see the votes on the ballot.
  • Some fraction of mail-in ballots end up being rejected and the voters disenfranchised. The most common reasons are (1) voter failed to sign the envelope, (2) ballot arrived by mail too late to be legally counted, and (3) signature check failed. None of this happens with in-person voting.
  • Mail-in voters generally get one ballot and one chance to fill it out properly. They cannot “spoil” a ballot and just request another one.
  • Mail-in voters cannot vote a provisional ballot.
  • Mail-in ballots potentially subject the voter to coercion or retaliation (e.g. “Show me that you voted my way or I will break your arm, or fire you”). That cannot happen with in-person voting because it is strictly illegal to allow anyone to accompany you into the voting booth or put an identifying mark on your ballot.
  • Mail-in ballots enable vote-buying and selling (e.g. sign the envelope and hand it over to me with your blank ballot, and I will give you $50). Again, this cannot happen with in-person voting. Read More

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