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Checking on line to see if your mail in ballot is received, is a great idea. I wish all states had this website. Takes the wonderful out of if your vote was received.  Thank you so much for your post.

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Improve Democracy, implement vote by mail

 

Mail in ballots work, and at least in Washington State you can check on-line  to see if your ballot was received.

 

Mail in ballots and automatic voter registration in all fifty states and US territories.

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we did mail only in Wash. State. Had a huge turnout.
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There are many opinions and much propaganda both for and against mail-in and/or mandatory voting.

 

I have looked at many discussions weighing the pros and cons of mail-in voting. 

 

Myself, I am in favor of both mail-in and mandatory voting.  I think that the possible problems are far outweighed by the good that either or both can bring.

 

 


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   There is a 30 minute video re: Oregon.    It really does make sense.    (There turnout based on voters registered is 80%)   and yes, people can opt out of voting entirely.  https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/pages/voteinor.aspx

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Something very weird happened in our recent election of a U.S. Representative. On election night, one candidate gave a victory speech.  The following morning they counted all mail in ballots and her opponent was certified as the winner.  There were that many people taking advantage of New Mexico's vote by mail program. 

 

You may remember that there were huge turnouts for this election. People who showed up to vote in person had to stand in line for hours.  The local Domino's delivered water and pizza at no cost to the people in line. Yellow vested "place holders" would take someone's place in line while they ran to the restroom and back.  It was insane. 

 

The USPS. Proven technology for our times. 

 

Earlier this week, Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep Earl Blumenauer, both Democrats from Oregon, introduced a bill that would expand their state’s vote-by-mail system to the entire country.

 

States save millions of dollars because they don’t need to establish polling places or pay polling staff (one reason Montana counties were desperate for vote by mail, though Republicans in the state legislature ended up rejecting it). Voter turnout is higher, especially among younger, older, poorer, and minority voters.

There’s no need to run two separate election processes, one for in-person votes and another for mail-in absentee votes. Voter rolls are much easier to maintain and verify. Every vote leaves a paper trail. There are no issues with forms of ID, difficulties with access, or opportunities for voter intimidation.

And there have never been any proven cases, or even serious allegations, of substantial voter fraud in UVBM states, mainly because the system renders it almost impossible. Keisling summarizes the security case:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/27/15701708/voting-by-mail

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