Traditionally, Americans head to a polling center every fourth November to cast their ballots in the presidential election, only a small amount would vote by mail. However, like so many other aspects of our society, this will be changing in 2020. States are considering whether to expand accessibility to mail-in voting to make it more convenient to select candidates from home to help limit the transmission of COVID-19.
Those who argue that states should increase the use mail-in voting in the 2020 election argue that it will help expand access to democracy. They contend that maximizing voter turnout is essential in a free country. This side may also state that using in-person voting will endanger people at the polls with transmitting COVID-19.
Opponents of increasing mail-in-voting argue that transitioning from a system that relies on in-person voting to a system that primarily uses mail-in ballots will present a variety of issues. This side claims that people may not receive their mail-in ballot in time to vote, and that voter fraud may increase. Additionally, they may also argue that an election that chiefly uses mail-in voting will take far longer to declare a winner, leading some to question the legitimacy of the results.
So, what do you think? Should states increase the use mail-in voting in the 2020 election? Students can argue Yes, they should; No, they should not; or a nuanced answer in-between.
Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:
-Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner
-Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers
-Are expressed in cohesive sentences and are free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
-They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner
-They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly