Should States Increase the Use of Mail-In Voting in the 2020 Election?

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.

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Current Standings:
Yes: 53%
No: 47%
  • Sydney from Alabama

    Sydney Laye – Chelsea, AL
    Amy Hann – English Teacher
    August 18, 2020

    States should increase the use of mail-in voting for this upcoming 2020 election. As we may know 2020 has taken a toll on this country as a whole. COVID has hit many states hard and people are wary about going back into the public. Mail-in voting will increase overall turnouts, it does not favor either political party, and any ballot falsification is extremely rare.
    First, turnouts will increase tremendously due to the ongoing coronavirus. According to The New York Times, “It’s true that mail voting increases turnout, particularly among groups that tend not to vote, like young people.” (Editorial Board, 17). For the people who find it hard to get to polling places on time will be able to use mail-in voting to their advantage. Few states are known for doing universal voting prior to the pandemic. “Twenty years ago, Oregon became the first state to go to universal mail-in balloting. They’ve been joined by Washington, Colorado, Utah, and Hawaii.” (Steinhauser, 6). Many people believe that the younger generation doesn’t like to vote, but I believe that they don’t use the right methods. In some states such as Colorado, the younger generation has increased exercising their voting rights due to mail-in voting. “ Colorado saw a turnout increase of 9 percent when it switched to all-mail voting, and the increase was nearly double that among young voters.” (Editorial Board, 17). In the end, mail-in voting will push a wider audience to cast votes for this upcoming election.
    Secondly, Stanford University researched the topic of mail-in voting. It’s stated that through the research it’s been proven that neither parties are favored. “vote-by-mail does not appear to affect either party’s share of turnout” (Thompson, Wu, Yoder, and Hall, 1). Our current president, Donald Trump, believes it will tear down the Republican party. “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again” (Trump, Twitter). As well as Trump, people believe the Democratic party will somehow be favored when doing mail-in voting yet that all depends on which runner personally is favored. Stanford said, “We find that vote-by-mail has no apparent effect on either the share of turned-out voters who are Democrats or the share of votes that go to Democratic candidates” (Thompson, Wu, Yoder, and Hall, 5). Since people believe Democrats have a stronger chance of receiving votes then the idea of rigging may come into play.
    Lastly, mail-in voting has negative factors such as impersonation, rigging, and fraud. Although this may occur, it is very rare. Many precautions have been taken to ensure that everything there is no errors. “We will address the root causes of these delays and adjust the very next day. Any mail left behind must be properly reported, and employees should ensure this action is taken with integrity and accuracy. This is a critical time for us when decisive, quick, and meaningful action is needed.” (USPS, 6) There were be designated places to drop it off if you feel the need to do it manually. “providing more places for voters to drop off their ballots in person — like dedicated drop boxes, which are popular in Colorado.” (Editorial Board, 24) State officials are doing everything they can to help and educated every state on how mail-in voting works. “That’s why public-education efforts will be critical over the next few months. State and local officials need to explain, in clear and simple terms, when and how to request an absentee ballot and how to fill one out, sign it and send it back.” (Editorial Board, 22).
    It is a fact that Americans will be voting on the 3 of November. People do not have to worry about either party being favored, chances of falsification, and even whether or not people vote. The upcoming election promises that voices will be heard and mail-in voting will be a huge denominator.

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    Sydney Laye – Chelsea, AL
    Amy Hann – English Teacher
    August 18, 2020

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  • Will from California

    In the event of a nation wide pandemic it is necessary for vote by mail to be utilized in order to provide safety to its citizens willing to vote. Vote by mail is already implemented in several states and does not have a significant enough effect on election security. Voting by mail is widely used by Americans in these states and also Americans voting abroad. Besides capacity concerned which should be able to be dealt with there is little to no reason that vote by mail should not be extended.

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  • Catalina from California

    States should increase the prominence of mail-in voting this fall because of the unprecedented situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Voting in public polling places would increase the transmission of the virus, exposing people there to the germs carried by all other voters, a group that they would not otherwise be exposed to (Not to mention the risk to those working the polls, directly exposed to so many people all day long). With higher exposure, numbers would go up. The increase in sickness and death that could result from normal voting could so easily be prevented by switching to a social-isolation friendly method of voting- such as mail-in ballots. If someone is aware of the risks and would still prefer to vote in person, then they still have the choice to do so. However, it is important to provide the option to vote without risking exposure (especially for those who are at a higher risk or have family who are). It’s important to acknowledge that the mail-in voting must be well regulated in order to prevent fraud and to make sure people are voting in time. However, due to this years unique issue presented by COVID-19, mail-in voting must become more normal to prevent some spread of disease.

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  • Jack from California

    The fact is we as a country have to do everything in our power to keep our population safe and our democracy functional. Without the introduction of mail in voting we would be allowing only a small, reckless portion of the population to decide the fate of our country. Specifically those who are immunocompromised or with other pre-existing conditions would be at a great risk having to publicly vote. This group in particular has a large stake in government affairs as the laws that govern their medical treatments could be greatly affected by the electoral outcome. Additionally by limiting to public voting we would insure that anyone who had tested positive for COVID can not vote. That would be active voter description and would completely misrepresent a group with a strong opinion about regulation. The main concern against it seems to be the potential for voter fraud. It’s true that this system would be less secure than in person, there is no question of that. It is not a perfect solution but denying people the opportunity to safely vote would be a betrayal of the freedoms we stand for as a country. It simply would not be a true reflection of the American people’s opinion. What I would propose would be to have each state develop a hybrid system to account for their differing risk levels. There could be the option to do in person voting for those are willing to risk it and others could mail in. This would lessen the risk of voter fraud by reducing the portion of the population to mail in while also providing every American citizen their right to vote.

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  • jordan from Florida

    in a pandemic people are more worried about going out using the mail would be easy and keep people quarantined

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  • Lillie from Alabama

    I do believe that we should increase the use of mail-in voting, especially in the 2020 election. While mail-in voting does have issues if it is not monitored correctly, it is generally a reliable way to hold elections that encourages participation in the democratic process. In 2020, COVID-19 has made voting harder, especially for at-risk citizens. All of the issues associated with mail-in voting have solutions, and although the process would be more laborious, it would be better in order to protect our democratic process, which is marked by participation. As stated in the New York Times, “The real reason to make mail voting widely accessible isn’t to help one party or another — it’s to help the American people participate in their own democracy as fully as possible.”

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    I do believe that we should increase the use of mail-in voting, especially in the 2020 election. While mail-in voting does have issues if it is not mo…

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  • Hector from South Dakota

    Not only will this be a more safer approach, it is a more smarter one. This will obviously avoid any contact with other people who would be in the same facility. This could allow more elder people to be more safe and live just a bit longer.

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    Not only will this be a more safer approach, it is a more smarter one. This will obviously avoid any contact with other people who would be in the sam…

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    The United States should take the opportunity to increase the mail in voting during the 2020 election. Every US citizen of eligibility is always highly encouraged to vote in every election meaning that we need to make that possible this year. An ill 45 year old male will be less likely to go out and vote than a healthy 45 year old male, but does that mean the ill man matters any less? No. They are equal and should both have the opportunity to vote in whichever way is the most comfortable to them. Many Americans suffer with underlying health issues that put them at a very dangerous risk if they were to contract Covid-19. With that being said, these people should not have to leave their house to have a say in who runs their own country; they still have the right to vote as a United States citizen and that should not be taken away from them.

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    The United States should take the opportunity to increase the mail in voting during the 2020 election. Every US citizen of eligibility is always highl…

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  • Kaylee from South Dakota

    The use of mail in allots being increased will be beneficial for many different reasons. One, this will be an easier way to vote for those people who are unable to their homes. Two, doing voting this way decreases the spread of our current situation that is Covid-19. I do understand that other side when they talk about wanting to know who won the election before they go to bed, but I also thing that patience is one thing that we can learn to understand. Finally, ballots should be opened for everyone because they we as a country don’t have to pick on or the other. We can choose to do both and let the people pick which they think is safer for them to do, whether that be in person or through the mail.

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  • sam from South Dakota

    I think they should be able to mail the ballet but also it would be very risky because their could be some voters who cheat the voting. Having them be mailed could help stop the spread of COVID-19 which is huge. This is also a huge election this year during this global pandemic. I also think it could be a bad idea because there are definitely some people who would choose someone because thats who they heard of last. It wouldn’t be fair to the people who really do care about this and have valid reasons behind this voting. So if i had to choose yes or no on this id have to say No.

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    I think they should be able to mail the ballet but also it would be very risky because their could be some voters who cheat the voting. Having them be…

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  • Dezaray from South Dakota

    States should use the mail in voting because most of the people that are voting are older than most. So most older people are scared of going out into the public just of the fact that covid-19 has taken over most of the states in the United States. Also it is so much harder on the older generation to breath out of a mask. It would be preventing more of the spread of the virus because as of right now there are 6,004,443 cases according to the CDC. It would be safer for people to stay home and vote

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    States should use the mail in voting because most of the people that are voting are older than most. So most older people are scared of going out into…

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  • Kayley from South Dakota

    I feel like both sides have valid arguments however, if forced I would choose yes. This election’s outcome is pivotal for our nation and no vote should be left uncounted. However, Covid-19 can be a dangerous disease, especially for people with compromised or undeveloped immune systems. States need to increase the use of mail-in voting. Which should mean looking at all of their resources and not just their voter-registration. Ballots may need to have an altered look to help prevent fraud just like with IDs and licences.

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    I feel like both sides have valid arguments however, if forced I would choose yes. This election’s outcome is pivotal for our nation and no vote shoul…

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  • Bree from South Dakota

    I personally think in-mail ballots should be uplifted. The reason why I say that is because some people have their own comfort with voting at home. Along with that, increasing the amount of in-mail ballots while at home gives people that chance of social distancing during COVID-19. Every citizen has that right to either risk it and go out with a mask/without a mask, or stay inside where it’s safe. Some people think that it may not be very easy to catch COVID because they haven’t, but others think differently. The whole reason we wear a mask is to protect others.

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    I personally think in-mail ballots should be uplifted. The reason why I say that is because some people have their own comfort with voting at home. Al…

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  • Eli from South Dakota

    Mail-in voting should be increased for this election. I don’t think either side of this should be forced. If you want to go out and vote, you shouldn’t be forced to stay in, and if you want to stay in you shouldn’t be forced to go out and have your vote count.
    The mail-in votes this year should be increased since there are people that are high risk, they won’t want to go out and vote, they’d rather vote in the comfort of their home. They would also not want others that live with them to go out and vote when they could just stay home and vote. It really depends on the household, but we should accommodate the need to vote for everyone. I just want everyone to get the chance to vote.

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    Mail-in voting should be increased for this election. I don’t think either side of this should be forced. If you want to go out and vote, you shouldn’…

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  • Kara from South Dakota

    I can see from both sides of this debate, but if I were forced to pick a side I would say that states should expand for some more mail in ballots. I wouldn’t say that they should go all the way with mail in ballots, but those that may be high risk or older would have a lesser chance of transmitting COVID19. It would be easier for them to vote as they wouldn’t have to worry about going to a place where large groups of people might be, or worry about touching someone else might have. They would be able to do it from the safety of their own homes. It would make the voting process safer for them. Since I work in the mail industry I know how slow the mailing process is, and I believe that we should have a deadline for ballots to sent in by so they can be counted. Since COVID19 has begun the mail industry has slowed down a tremendous amount, so there is no guarantee that your ballot would be counted if you send it 2 weeks before the election.

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    I can see from both sides of this debate, but if I were forced to pick a side I would say that states should expand for some more mail in ballots. I w…

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  • Dom from South Dakota

    During this time, we need to be more concerned with our safety, as this will help prevent the spread of Covid-19. This will also help those who are new to voting by getting them to vote from home besides having them go out and vote and get a chance to get exposed.

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    During this time, we need to be more concerned with our safety, as this will help prevent the spread of Covid-19. This will also help those who are ne…

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  • Lucien from South Dakota

    I believe that working out the kinks for this may be difficult but necessary to keep our citizens safe as possible and may allow more people to vote due to them not having to take off work to vote meaning younger voters will be more likely to vote. I also believe we should have a certain priority shipping JUST for mail-in voters to help ensure votes are getting in on time.

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    I believe that working out the kinks for this may be difficult but necessary to keep our citizens safe as possible and may allow more people to vote d…

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  • Alexander from South Dakota

    I believe that mail in voting would be a huge boon in voting because it would mean that everyone will at least have the ability to send in a vote. I will say that it will need to have a lot better checking system to be able to make sure no one commits fraud. But compared to the risk of Covid it seems like a minor risk.

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    I believe that mail in voting would be a huge boon in voting because it would mean that everyone will at least have the ability to send in a vote. I w…

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  • Scott from South Dakota

    Research has shown cases of voter fraud are extremely rare. Denying the use of mail-in ballots is another weapon in the arsenal of those wanting to suppress the vote. Every American should want all voices heard and be willing to wait a little longer for the results if it means an accurate and fair election.

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  • Zachary from New York

    We shouldn’t discourage ways to make it easier for people to vote/have their voices heard.

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  • Natalie from Florida

    States should increase the use of mail-in-voting for the 2020 election. Covid-19 has changed many aspects of our lives in the last few months and the new normal is different now for the sake of our safety. Mail-in-voting will help increase voter turnout by giving the people who do not feel secure enough to go vote in person the ability to still vote. This increase in turnout means the election will better represent what the people want. Although precautions will be put in place when voting in person, it does not mean you have no chance of contracting Covid-19. People who are more at risk all though wanting to vote may not turn out or will have to choose between their safety and exercising their right to vote. Mail-in-voting has been around since the Civil War in order to allow soldiers to vote while deployed. Despite worries of fraud and ballot falsification it is extremely rare. Mail-in-voting will help keep the people safe and not force a decision between health and exercising their rights.

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  • kathleen from Florida

    Its safer because of the pandemic, we also shouldnt force civilians to go out of the comfort of their home to do something for our state.

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  • Nina from Kentucky

    I believe that there should be an increase in the use of mail-in voting for the 2020 election. During the Covid-19 Pandemic there needs to be the option of mail-in voting because many people are unable to leave their homes due to illnesses and underlying conditions that make them susceptible for contracting Covid-19. Although there are issues and different concerns that come along with mail-in voting, it seems to be the most reasonable way so that the at risk population is able to vote. Without the ability for everyone to vote takes away one of our constitutional rights and does not allow the country to be a democracy. However I think they also need to add more in person voting centers that are set up for social distancing so that people can remain safe if voting in person.

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  • Vincent from Kentucky

    States should increase the use of mail-in voting in the 2020 election. The United States of America was founded on the rights of the people and their democracy. Giving the people the voice to make the change that they want to see is crucial to uphold this sentiment. Mail-in voting allows for an easier method of voting that can reach much more of American citizens than traditional in-person voting: especially in the time of a global pandemic.
    All politicians should want the highest turnout in elections possible to ensure that the choice of the people is actually selected; so what are the issues? Voter fraud has historically been a minor issue that hardly affects the election. The benefits of reaching more registered voters outweigh the potential for fraud. The concerns over the amount of time required to collect and count the ballots fail to understand the end goal. The accuracy and legitimacy of the elections process are far more important than a few days or weeks’ time. Additionally, accepting ballots that are postmarked by the election date would reduce the problem of ballots arriving late.
    Multiple experiments and research studies conclude that voting rates of registered voters increase with the use of mail-in ballots. Some estimates suggest that voting increases upward of 10% which could drastically affect the outcome of any election. Even with the research that finds that voting rates decrease with mail-in ballots, the unprecedented times call for a change in the system. The combination of closed-down polling stations and the fear of catching a disease demand adaptation to ensure that the election includes as many votes as possible.

    References:
    Richey, Sean. Voting by Mail: Turnout and Institutional Reform in Oregon. Social Science Quarterly, vol. 89, no. 4, 2008, pp. 902-15. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/42956352. Accessed 24 Aug. 2020.
    Kousser, Thad, and Megan Mullin. €œDoes Voting by Mail Increase Participation? Using Matching to Analyze a Natural Experiment. Political Analysis, vol. 15, no. 4, 2007, pp. 428-45. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25791905. Accessed 24 Aug. 2020.

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  • Braden from Kentucky

    The quick answer? Definitely. Amid rumors of fraud and concerns over this year’s election process, one fact is evident: mail-in voting is safe. With the emergence of the COVID-19 virus, fears over leaving one’s house have risen greatly, creating a cultural aura of agoraphobia. The virus is safe for most people, however; if passed on to the elderly or immunocompromised, it could prove deadly. Health and government officials have been saying that they will make the polls safe for all people, but is that really the case? Many of the same people pushing for polling booths are those who pushed back on a public mask mandate, which leads to some very important questions. How can one be sure that the booths are safe, and is it worth the risk? Is supposed fraud a bigger threat to the citizens of the United States than a deadly virus? How many lives will be taken or put at risk because they went to the polls? And most importantly, is it fair to infringe on someone’s constitutional right to vote because they were too at risk to go out to the polls? We cannot rely on each other to maintain social distance and wear masks, which has become evident in this quarantine. Take a trip to Walmart and you will see countless people walking with their masks on wrong or no mask at all. When given the question: “Should States Increase the Use of Mail-In Voting?” society’s main concern should be that of the safety of its people, and that of the upholding of their constitutional rights.

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  • Ella from Kentucky

    In order for everyone’s voice to have the chance to be heard, mail-in ballots are a necessity for the 2020 presidential election. I do understand the concerns and fears that others may have: the fact that people may cheat by using others’ ballots, and also that the ballots may not be collected by November third. That being said, there are ways to work through this for the better of the country. The amount of misused mail-in ballots last election amounted to only 0.004% of all voted in that fashion. Although slight changes and differences are extremely important, this will not have a great impact on the election as a whole. Additionally, those counting the ballots can prepare for the votes that will come in after the official election day. With this knowledge already shared, the presidential election, can be taken completely when all votes are accounted for. The date of November 3rd will still be as significant as always, and the country can see the running for the votes already cast, but in order to have the authenticity that everyone is searching for this year, the real president could be announced later. We have already learned a great amount of patience this year, and it is incredibly important to keep this up and work together. Most importantly, amidst a pandemic, many people will feel that their rights are being taken away as they choose to stay home. If there is only in person voting, people will feel that their voice in not heard in a country that was founded for the people. People should not fear their lives and the well-being of others when voting, but instead thinking about that when they are voting for the common good of the country. Using both mail-in and in person ballots is the best option for the 2020 presidential election.

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    In order for everyone’s voice to have the chance to be heard, mail-in ballots are a necessity for the 2020 presidential election. I do understand the …

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  • James from Kentucky

    America prides itself on its democracy. As such, if America truly wants to uphold the idea of being a nation of the free, then it is imperative that all people should be allowed to vote. As such, mail-in voting, although far from perfect, should be prioritized for the election. Although there is a risk of voter fraud and of missing the deadline, that chance does not provide a valid excuse for preventing millions of people from voting. While there is a small chance that mail-in voting could skew the vote, not allowing mailed-in voting would almost certainly skew the election as it would prevent millions of people from safely casting their ballots. The election would not be chosen “by the people” if only those who are able to sacrifice their whole day or those who feel safe enough to go out are allowed to vote. The best system would allow both in person and mail in voting. That way, neither system will be too overrun and will allow people to weigh both options and decide which one is best for them.

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  • Joe from Kentucky

    Needless to say, 2020 is an unprecedented year for many reasons. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States should increase mail-in voting in order to ensure that all people, especially the elder population, are able to vote freely and safely. Call it absentee voting or mail-in voting, more and more Americans choose to vote by mail for elections. Based on previous years, there has been no evidence to allude that there is a risk for widespread voter fraud. All mail-in ballots are closely monitored with machines and human poll workers, so any instance of fraud is easily detectable. In fact, one could argue that it is safer than in-person voting because one machine could be dysfunctional and could inaccurately manipulate thousands of votes. Unfortunately, the avid campaign to distrust the American Post Office is a ploy to decrease voter turnout and suppress large segments of the population. The weaponization of the Postal Service will only increase confusion when states declare a winner for the 2020 Presidential Election. When a winner is eventually declared, the opposing party will attempt to delegitimize the results of the election, and they will attempt to discredit the next President.

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  • Molly from Kentucky

    Mail-in voting is not only a right to US citizens, but a fundamental aspect of our democracy in that it facilitates voting to members of our society who struggle with mobility, transportation, or health complications. The option has existed before COVID-19, and to repeal or restrict it before a historical election may skew the votes by determining our nations leader off of a small percentile that had the ability to vote in person. Of course, with any form of ballot, there is the real and possible concern for fraud. Reconciling fraudulence with election freedoms is also an old issue portrayed in a new light during this time period; however, with the technology available to us and the US government I believe that there can be a series of checks and balances put in place to not only recognize and count the most possible votes but do so in accordance with identity confirmation and other fraudulence checks. Politicians against mail-in voting argue that there can be no way to do this or ensure the safety of the ballot; however, other equally or more important documents such as ID, driver’s license, or birth certificates have been allowed and encouraged to be sent via mail to government agencies in lieu of visiting their respective offices with little to no public backlash. The problem then is not with the integrity of the USPS or the agencies consulted to process ballots, but instead with the voters and their choices themselves. The truth is that mail-in and absentee ballots are the best possible answer to the COVID-19 crisis. It offers the option to vote to the most remote citizens who would struggle with voting even without the pandemic.

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  • Gavin from Kentucky

    I would like to preface this with saying that I am no expert on this current issue while I often get invested in many different political arguments and although I often do not get involved heavily in them I do still pay attention however I have not done much research apart from what I was presented with today which was only a few paragraphs and a brief video from a news source. I will try to give my best opinion on the issue from what I can tell it seems as though mail-in voting may be a good idea. Although I am all about cutting costs where necessary it seems that mail-in voting could possibly be a new advancement for the voting process. It seems only right that mail-in voting should become a more normal thing as it seems to me like a progression into a safer and easier democratic system. Traditional polling systems have many issues and some polling locations are often purposefully put in difficult spots in order to suppress voters. No matter which side you support a sound democracy requires true free voting and from what I can tell mail-in votes can help that.

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  • Emily from Kentucky

    Personally, I think states should increase the mail-in voting in the 2020 election. However, there should be a proper deadline for when the mail-in ballots can be received. If the mail-in ballots are not received by said deadline then they should not be counted. It is the voters responsibility to take accountability and have their ballot postmarked by this deadline in order for it to be counted. Any mail-in ballots with the proper postmarked date that matches the deadline that are received before and after the deadline will be counted. If the mail-in ballot is not postmarked before or on the same day as the deadline, then it will not be counted. The deadline for mail-in ballots should be the day prior to election day so that way electronic votes will be submitted afterwards.

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  • Ashley from Kentucky

    Due to the United States being in a national pandemic currently, the safest option would be to use mail voting for the 2020 election. This will make people feel more comfortable if they are voting from home because some people aren’t ready to go back into society yet. Getting people to vote is more important than how they vote. There will be an increase in non voters if mail in voting is not offered this election. Mistakes can be made and it will take a while to get all the votes, but this is the safest way to vote currently for the United States.

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  • Caleb from Kentucky

    Yes, I believe that they should increase mail in voting this year. We are in the middle of a pandemic with dangers and unknowns around every corner. So I believe every state should offer mail in voting to all of the residents living there. However, they should also hold in person in voting. This will allow for the individual to choose. This way the voter doesn’t feel restricted and forced to vote a certain way. It will take longer to get results but in the end, the people’s voice is heard. Not just half or even a third of people, but everyone.

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  • Sydney from Kentucky

    Personally, I can see both sides of the argument when it comes to mail-in voting. If mail-in voting already existed, then it should still be available to those who choose to use it, even if the numbers of people wanting to use it are higher than normal. However, I think that polling centers should still be available for people who wish to demonstrate their duty to vote in the most secure way. This way, the people who want to vote in person to have their votes counted can ensure that this happens. Furthermore, if people do choose to vote in person, proper social distancing guidelines could be followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Having both is totally plausible because it has happened in the past, the only difference now would be the ratio as to which these votes would occur. While many people are concerned with fraud and cheating with mail-in voting, the statistics prove that the numbers are extremely low. For example, in an election in Washington, a state which participates in all mail-in voting, they only experienced fraud 0.04% of the time. In conclusion, both sides of the argument make sense and are valid, so I think that both options should be available to those who want it.

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  • Isabella from Kentucky

    I think that mail-in voting is a great option for the 2020 presidential election. With the current unprecedented times, there are many issues when it comes to voting in public as we normally would. With many of our population being at high risk for COVID-19, there is a chance many of those people will not be comfortable voting traditionally. By giving citizens the option of voting from the comfort of their own home, we will be able to accurately select a presidential candidate.

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  • Mackenzie from Indiana

    I do believe that, while complications could arise from voting ENTIRELY by mail for the 2020 presidential election, it is an option that states should push for their citizens in order to increase voter participation for those who would otherwise opt to stay home amidst Covid-19 concerns. Mail-in ballots have been used in past elections and are counted diligently and checked for fraudulence. For this reason, I don’t understand how that could suddenly result in an unfair election in 2020. I still believe that voting at the polls safely is a right that all citizens should still be able to exercise, but all states should still freely allow mail-in voting, which I believe would show an increase in such across the country.

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  • Elijah from Kansas

    Of course states should increase their usage and availability of absentee ballots. For many, there is nothing more American than participating in a free and fair electoral process in which their voice can be heard and their vote counted. Yet, in the midst of a pandemic, going to a polling location has become frightening and dangerous to many voters. This is why there has been an overwhelming increase in requests for mail-in ballots across the united states. I am a proud resident of Harvey County Kansas, a county that has offered absentee ballots for many years. This year not only has there been a larger voter turn out to the polls than ever before but nearly 30% of all registered voters are mailing in their vote rather than going to a poll booth. Yes, the process can be tedious of making sure every mail in ballot is counted but the process in the clerks office is very pierces so that the voters intention is always met. In addition to this everyone who requests a mail in ballot must be in a database of registered voters to ensure there will be no voter fraud. This year, mail in voting is a smart choice that sadly many are not able to make, yet for others it could be their only way of casting a vote this year.

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  • Tiffany from California

    Yes, I think states should increase the use of mail-in voting in the 2020 election. Coronavirus has had a devastating effect on many American families and it is essential to put the people’s safety and health as a priority, especially when voting. I believe increasing mail-in voting is one solution that promotes this. For example, mail-in voting follows the social distancing guidelines set by the CDC and in turn protects poll workers (a majority of whom are elderly and more susceptible to Covid-19 fatalities) from unnecessarily risking their lives. It also protects those who need to vote in person such as people of color who historically experienced voter suppression, voters with disabilities, or voters with limited English proficiency by shortening lines and decreasing the likeliness of spreading the virus. Thus, by increasing mail-in voting, it not only reduces voting barriers but promotes health, safety, and the protection of the democratic process. Additionally, a majority of states (34 states and the District Columbia) allow vote by mail or vote absentee regardless of reason, the other 16 have absentee voting with a valid reason, so increasing mail in voting wouldn’t be too difficult of a change to make and has numerous benefits to be put in use.
    On the other hand, some have voiced their concerns that mail-in voting may increase fraudulent voting. This is a justified concern and I understand where they are coming from, however it is important to note that this issue has been addressed. In fact, it is considered a myth that mail in ballots are more susceptible to voting fraud. Colorado’s Elections Director Judd Choate describes the contrast between in-person voting and mail-in voting: “People who vote in person sometimes don’t update their addresses, even when they have moved. But because it’s an in person voting model, the state or county doesn’t go to great extremes to keep [address] lists clean.” In contrast, jurisdictions with mail-in voting are constantly updating addresses to ensure the right voters get the correct ballot and as a result when a person moves, they are less likely to receive a wrong ballot. Choate sums it up by saying, “In that way, vote-by-mail actually reduces fraud instead of promoting it.” Furthermore, as someone who has used this system as a first time voter, I have found it a really convenient and efficient process and even more so now. However, if you are still questioning the security of mail-in voting, I would look at the post office’s consistent history in getting mail to the right person. Consider this: Have you or a family member ever had any issues with fraudulent tax bills delivered from the post office? It is probably very unlikely, and a testament to the security of mailing.
    Increasing mail-in voting and ensuring access to mailed-ballots is simply providing more options for the American voter. The biggest difference it would make would be increasing voter turnout in the 2020 elections, something which benefits all Americans and the democratic principles this nation is founded on.

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  • Drew from North Dakota

    The topic of whether or not mail-in voting should be used in the states is a topic that needs to be seen from all possible perspectives. On this topic my vote, if there was an option, would be neutral. However since there is not a neutral option my personal opinion would be more for voting yes. I think that mail-in voting is a very good and reasonable idea and a possible solution to the problem of how to vote in this hard time that Covid-19 has brought. But the fact is that mail-in voting along with other types of voting doesn’t always work in some situations. I firmly believe that mail-in voting should be adopted into large cities or communities especially if that city is a hot spot of Covid. Another idea for the cities is they could also have a drive through option for voting much like they do for testing. Then when it comes to smaller towns and people that live out in the middle of no where I think that they should do drive in voting or regular voting polls like it would be before Covid became a big worry. In North Dakota I feel that the people would appreciate having a regular voting poll or a drive through voting instead of doing the mail- in ballots.

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  • Danielle from North Dakota

    I feel that we should be able to do mail if we want even though some peoples mail might not make if you feel more save mailing it then do it if you don’t then you don’t have to just do what makes you feel save.

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  • Brie from North Dakota

    I think that states should follow Montana’s lead and send ballots to everyone, while simultaneously keeping up with in-person voting at the booth.
    There is no conclusive evidence about mass mail fraud our security issues withing our national postal service. Covid-19 is a serious issue and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Every citizen over 18 and is not a felon has a right to vote, no matter where they live, or their health status or other trivial factors. If a person feels safe enough and has the access they should be able to vote in person like we always have. However if someone feels like they are high risk, or they don’t have access to a poll booth they have the right to be able to vote.

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  • samantha from Montana

    Mail-in voting is completely safe and effective. Donald Trump wants you to think your vote may not count if you mail it in, but that’s simply because hes terrified of being voted out of office and humiliating himself one last glorious time. If Trump is so worried, he can boost post office funding.

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  • Jasmine from Massachusetts

    Due to the fact that we are still living through the COVID-19 pandemic many American citizens aren’t going to be comfortable to go out and vote. If more states use the vote by mail, then more people are more likely to vote. I can say one thing. My family and I are most definitely voting by mail.

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  • Shaely from Georgia

    I believe that States should increase the use of main in voting in the 2020 election in order to allow for every vote to be able to count. It is every citizen’s right to vote and make their voices heard in our elections, and the United States is currently under a global pandemic. Some of the older citizens and at risk citizens are afraid to leave their house and contract the virus. Therefore, in order to allow them to be able to vote without compromising their safety, mail-in voting should be increased and encouraged.

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  • Thomas from Vermont

    Let’s be clear: there is no evidence that mail in voting has a significant effect on voter fraud. Anyone who claims anything different is lying to you for their own benefit. Mail fraud is exceedingly rare and has never influenced the outcome of an election. According to data collected by the Heritage Foundation (a right wing think tany) in Oregon from 2000 to 2018 there were 15 instances of ballot Fraud of any kind during that period. In total 24 fraudulent ballots were cast out of a total of 15.5 million. That means number of fraudulent ballots was represented 0.000154839% of the total. Ballot fraud simply isn’t a real threat to American elections.

    In some senses, mail in voting is arguably more secure than in person voting. Last year, an 11 year old was able to hack into a replica of Florida’s voting systems. At the same conference, hackers were able to easily break into voting machines, reprogramming the machines to run the game Doom. Compared to that, paper mail in ballots appear to be significantly safer than in person voting.
    The primary benefit of voting by mail is clear: in the midst of a pandemic, mail in voting allows for more voters to safely have their voices heard without risking infection. There is no evidence that mail in voting benefits one party over another. All it does is allow for more Americans to participate in their democracy. Any politicians looking to stop mail in voting are trying to strangle democracy in the midst of a crisis. Voters should punish them (by mail) in November.

    https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2020/06/02/low-rates-of-fraud-in-vote-by-mail-states-show-the-benefits-outweigh-the-risks/
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-vote-by-mail-explainer-idUSKBN2482SA

    https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/07/829323152/fact-check-
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    https://time.com/5366171/11-year-old-hacked-into-us-voting-system-10-minutes/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/08/12/def-con-hackers-lawmakers-came-together-tackle-holes-election-security/
    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/there-is-no-evidence-that-voting-by-mail-gives-one-party-an-advantage/

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  • Alex from Colorado

    Voting is fundamental to democracy, and if we don’t provide options that ensure we’re able to vote safety, we doom any ideas of strong civic engagement.

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  • Larry from Illinois

    Despite what certain politicians in our government are saying at the current moment, mail-in voting is completely safe to use.

    COVID-19, a pandemic, is raging right now. People are afraid of going to the supermarket, or going to the doctor’s office because they are afraid that they may catch COVID-19. Mail-in voting has been in effective use since the Civil War. Every election since then has used mail-in voting. In the history of the United States, the amount of fraudulent activities reported because of mail-in voting has been very minimal, and some states, such as Utah, Oregon, and Washington state, already have universal mail-in voting, and have used that system well before 2020.

    In my opinion, President Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting are politically motivated. The way I see it, the country is becoming more Democratic, and some people who voted for Trump in 2016, are now flipping sides to support Joe Biden, because after seeing President Trump in power, they are afraid of what he can do in four more years.

    By having the people who want to stay safe at home not be able to vote by mail, President Trump, and the people in power who support him are actively engaging in voter suppression. And by suppressing the vote among communities that have more Democratic support than Republican, then the Republicans in power, and President Trump, can stay in office.

    The right to vote is ensured in the Constitution of the United States, and in the twenty-first century, everyone who 18 or above, is reserved the right to vote, no matter what race or gender they are. And by engaging in voter suppression, the President and his allies are actively undermining the Constitution, and the right to vote.

    Now here’s another thing, President Trump has put on his very own website that if his supporters cannot show up to the polls, then they should request an absentee ballot (which is the same thing as vote-by-mail in every other state besides the ones that have universal mail-in voting.

    This is hypocrisy by the President and his allies. So it is okay for Republican, Trump voters to vote by mail, but it is not okay for people who oppose President Trump to vote by mail?

    In my opinion, a paper ballot that is mailed to someone is more secure than a electronic voting machine that can be hacked by a foreign government agency, such as the Russian Federation or the PRC.

    If it is okay to mail social security cards, driver’s licenses, credit cards, tax filings, payments to insurances, then it should be okay to vote by mail. The system we’ve had in this country for over 150 years.

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    Despite what certain politicians in our government are saying at the current moment, mail-in voting is completely safe to use.

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  • Andrea from Missouri

    Might make it easier to sway individuals who just sit at home, don’t have an opinion, see an ad and choose. Whereas a voter who really cared about what they were doing would most definitely put a mask on and vote. There is a very good chance that the side that loses will say that the ballots need to be recounted or that there were false ones etc. Voting at home will allow more freeway for error and dishonesty to occur.

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  • Natalie from Idaho

    Do you want your vote to count? Well if you’re like most people you probably answered, yes. And why wouldn’t you answer yes, you are in your right to be heard just as anyone else is. So why do we hesitate when it comes to answering, should states increase the use of mail-in voting in the 2020 election? When mail-in voting is saying you don’t care if your vote counts. The reason for this is because mail-in voting means, your vote might be lost or not even arrive on time to be counted and there is also the possibility of falling victim to fraud.

    With COVID-19 I understand the concern there is with in-person voting being a hazard as it means being in contact with people that may or may not have the viruses, but we also need to take into consideration what are the possible effects of mail-in voting. Washington Post, states that “According to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, of the more than 140 million votes cast in the 2016 general election, 23.7 percent were via mail. Of the roughly 33.2 million mail ballots that election administrators received and tabulated, approximately 1 percent weren’t counted”. Now one percent may not seem like a big deal but it is because even one vote can determine your future and thousands of others. Oddly enough that one percent was likely due to simple things such as “the ballot not having a signature,” a “problem with a return envelope,”. Of course in this time, there was no COVID-19 which means that many people decided to vote in person where fewer votes were rejected. But now many people are scared and many more people will want to vote via mail leading to a likely increase of uncounted for votes. Things such as your vote not arriving in time to be counted or even being lost with all the increase of in-mail voters will become a problem.

    Purley made mistakes are not the only things we need to face it is also those cruel on purpose frauds. According to many sources one being Brookings there are “low rates of fraud” but how is this being proven? The truth is that these votes would be handled by humans that are not perfect. Also, there is our first time dealing with COVID-19 and having to vote. So, how can we base ourselves in studies of another time with other conditions? Things are different and we must predict it as such. Like I mentioned before there is bound to be a great increase in those that use the mailing form of voting which is likely to also increase the fraud rates. Are we really going to take this chance? We fought for the fifteenth amendment that ended the denial of voters based on race and the nineteenth amendment that let women vote, all in order to make sure all our voices are being heard. Yet now we are risking our voices from not being heard.

    I do not want to be misunderstood when I encourage in-person voting because I as well fear COVID-19 and I would not wish it upon anyone but I also care for our nation as well our fellow American citizen’s future. Without choosing a proper leader we will be put at far more risk such as schools not getting enough funding for future generations to get the education they need to hold this country up when it is their time or getting ineffective, expensive Medicare. We can avoid the viruses by fallowing basic protocol such as proper hygiene, masks, and social distancing but how can we stop out of our reach mistakes and frauds that may occur? It is an important time especially now more than ever for us to stand together and make sure that our voices are being heard.

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  • Ryan from New Jersey

    In this political climate, mail-in voting is a gamble. I live in a Democrat-dominated state, and I fear that my vote, metaphorically speaking, will simply be thrown out by the Board of Elections in order to rig the polls. Feel free to call me paranoid, but with the political Left as militantly anti-Trump as they are, I would put nothing past them to ensure that he loses. That said, it would not shock me either if hard-Right governments throw out votes for Joe Biden. Simply put, I expect that an election conducted entirely by mail will be exceptionally corrupt on both sides of the aisle. What truly angers me is that is it simply is not necessary. We can stand in line at the DMV; we can stand in line at the grocery store; we can even stand in line at a restaurant. Why, then, can we not stand in line to vote? It is an arbitrary and, if I may speculate, politically motivated choice to rig an election that the political Left fears it will lose, given that most of the push for mail-in voting has come from Blue states. I am well aware that this is an unprovable accusation, but given the political state of the country, one cannot keep a straight face and say that it is an impossibility.

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  • wes from North Carolina

    Mail-in voting presents a major threat to the security of our election because the ballots will be sent through inaccurate voter lists. Absentee ballots with in-person voting is the best option for the election because one person has to request the ballot and this will ensure that voter fraud is limited. There is a also a risk that one’s ballot will not be mailed to them through post office error because the post office can easily lose one piece of mail and that person will not be able to make an impact if mail-in voting is the only option. My last point is some postal carriers will decide to trash a stack of mail because they do not feel like delivering the mail. They could easily throw out ballots, which again would lead to people not getting to make an impact on the election.

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  • Ashanti from North Carolina

    Because fraud is more likely to happen.

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  • Sam from South Dakota

    With reference to the current political climate, it likely wouldn’t be a good idea. With more people staying home due to the pandemic and can have a higher risk of coercion by a conflict of beliefs from family members. And with the possible abnormal amount of mail-in votes, it may take longer to count said votes, rather than the normal amount it takes. Lastly, mail delivery methods are not the same throughout the country, so it’s going to be harder for those people to get their votes in.

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  • Carter from South Dakota

    I do not think that we should have mail in voting one of the arguments for the mail in voting is that more people should be able to vote however I find that that if you are not willing to go there even when they are going to make sure all the health regulations are followed then it’s your fault. I feel however if you have a reason that covid-19 could hurt you then we make exceptions for those people.I also know that the amount of false mail in ballots is going to be huge there is a story of a cat that passed away getting one if we cant trust the government to distinguish between dead cat and person then I don’t think we can trust them with handing out voting ballots.

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  • Braxton from South Dakota

    I completely understand if you are at higher risk for COVID-19 and want a mail-in ballot because you fear that if you go into a public place that is at certain times very overcrowded. But with younger people, and new time voters seeing fit to vote by mail, possibly try to rig the election. Yes, I understand that voter fraud is very very rare, but I think that the stakes are higher because of COVID-19 because there is a slight chance someone else could fill out your ballot. I am not for 100% mail-in voting but I am not against a hybrid system that still allows for people to go vote in person, but also vote by mail. I’m not saying that every single adult should vote by mail but rather the ones that are at higher risk for COVID-19. I feel the best solution for a problem would be to try and please both sides of the argument. Yes, we are caught up in a crazy usual time but we got to keep one thing in mind. At the end of the day is the way we chose to vote fair to what’s on the ballot. Everyone’s opinion needs to be heard in a case like this, no one should have their vote rob so it should be up to the people if they want a mail-in ballot or if they prefer to go do it in person. I see this as a problem that could have an easy solution, but instead, there is a huge debate about it.

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  • aliyah from Indiana

    No, states should not increase mail-in voting. People who do not actually have an opinion nor genuinely care about who ends up leading our country, and don’t want to take the time out of their day to get up and go vote. might just see something on a commercial and base their opinion of one of the competitors off of that. Instead of forming their own opinion might just decide to mail-in vote because its easier than actually having an opinion and caring about who’s going to be our president

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  • Carson from Kentucky

    Mail-in ballots for everyone will surely delay the results of the election greatly because of the amount of time that it will take for the results of the mailed in votes to reach the offices to be counted. With more mail in votes this year, it could lead to a higher number of people trying to make fraudulent ballots because it is a very important election and that there will be a much higher number of mail in ballots this year so, this could overwhelm the people who are supposed to be checking the ballot s to make sure that they are not fake or doubled. I also think that this makes the US more vulnerable to foreign tampering into the election. SInce there will already be many ballots coming through mail, other countries can also be very involved in trying to fake the ballots that are being mailed in. A long delay on the results of the election can also lead to more fraudulent activity into the election. If the ballots take too long to be counted because of the overwhelming amount coming in from mail, the election could take a very long time to announce the results to the US people. This could also result in too much time passing for the candidates themselves, there are already great concerns over the health of the democratic nominee Joe Biden, delaying the election too long could mean that he is no longer fit to take office if he is voted in. Another concern could be that since a clear result of who will be taking office is supposed to be there in january, if the results are not in by that time, this could mean that Donald Trump’s first Term could be longer than it is supposed to be because of a delayed election. Mail-in ballots could work well on a smaller scale such as a local or state election because of the smaller number of people who would be easier to deal with.

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  • Mike from Kentucky

    States should not increase the use of mail-in voting because there are other better alternatives. The downsides to mail-in voting include ballots not getting to voters in time and votes not being counted due to mismanagement of filled out ballots after they are mailed. COVID-19 has been around long enough for people to understand the risks and safety strategies when voting in-person. If someone feels they want to vote in-person to ensure their vote is counted, that option should definitely be available to them. However, some may be passionate about their vote, but not want to put their health at risk. Taking these people into consideration mail-in voting should not be increased because online voting can be done instead.
    Just like mail-in voting, online voting still has a higher risk of voter fraud than in-person, but online voting ensures that votes do not take too long to reach their destination to be counted since they will reach their destination instantly. Online voting also eliminates any contact from papers that could potentially spread disease. The use of mail-in voting should not increase in states because voters who are comfortable with voting in-person can select that option as their method of voting, while at the same time those who view in-person voting is a risk to their health can use the more safe, efficient, and accurate method of online voting.

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  • Jarrett from Kentucky

    In the 2020 election the use of mail in voting should not be increased. This is because it ultimately presents a slew of issues and problems with the legitimacy of the voting process. This includes new votes not arriving on time for the election date, the bias and incompetence of the USPS, and fraud. Even before election season the public has seen the problems with the USPS packages being damaged, tossed, not arriving on time and this is where it becomes apparent that trusting them with the votes of presidential candidates is a problem. If we can’t trust them to deliver personal belongings why should we trust them with votes.Voters ought to not trust the USPS because of the biases they have presented for example a leader of a workers union affiliated with the USPS has endorsed Joe Biden. In times of elections this is very concerning because it implies that the USPS is biased towards a candidate and this could allow for fraudulent voting to take place. As a service they should be nonpartisan but as November approaches it is appearing to the public that this is not the case. While understandable to be concerned about voting amid Covid-19 then we should hold the same standard up for events such as protesting which people are so willing to do in these current times. If it is acceptable to protest in person then the same standard should be held up for voting as it has just as great an impact as voting if not more.

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  • Griffin from Kentucky

    People should not be able to do mail-in voting. A major thing to do when analyzing such a question is to evaluate the pros and cons of both situations. A few cons for doing in person voting includes the spreading of COVID-19, the accessibility of elderly to vote, and the inconvenience of having to go to the voting polls. But, in response to this, one must question the state of the country right now. If we are truly questioning why we are doing in person voting, than why are we also allowed to go to the grocery store anytime of day or sit down at a restaurant for a bite to eat. As long as we have the proper medical supplies, we should be ok. Therefore, in arguing against in person voting, are we saying that those locations won’t follow proper medical protocols? Many people find this to be almost absurd, of course they will. Therefore, if these locations will take safety into account just like all the other places of business currently, why can’t we do in person voting. Additionally, the accessibility for elderly people to vote is a major factor. The elderly are some of the country’s most important voters. With their age comes experience and with this experience comes knowledge. But, how has this been an issue in the past. In the past, there has been no COVID-19 to excuse the elderly from voting. They would go and vote just like everyone else. This has not been an issue in the past. But with COVID-19 it might be harder for the elderly to vote. Than again, the locations will take proper safety precautions for sure. Finally, the inconvenience for people to leave their homes sounds like an excuse. People should be able to take the extra time to vote, especially in important elections as this year.

    Now, it is time for the pros: faster election results and a decrease in voting fraud. With mail in voting, the election results can be delayed up to over a month. This breaks the tradition of a high intensity, adrenaline filled night. While this shouldn’t be the deciding factor, one should view how this will affect the United States. A month without knowing the president will surely spark a fire between the Republicans and Democrats as they yell cries of fraud and corruption at one another. This not only shakes the media but also the residents of this country. The people view the media and are affected by what is said on television. No doubt will people be shaken in a month of suspense. Also, voting fraud is a major factor, arguably the biggest factor. While the post office and other independent companies are trying their best to reduce the possibility of voter fraud, there is still no guarantee against it. Mailmen may search through the mail and throw out ballots that vote for certain candidates, machines may malfunction and incorrectly analyze a ballot, and the citizens are not able to follow the location of their ballot. This last point is almost crucial. If a citizen does not know where their ballot is going or what is directly happening to their ballot, they may lose trust in the system or feel as though something corruptuous is going on. Finally, ballots may be sent in past election day or may be marked for certain reasons. As a result, a large amount of ballots might not be considered/counted.

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  • Matt from Kentucky

    The use of mail-in voting should NOT increase during the 2020 election. The first reason for this statement is due to the fact that there can and will be voting error and/or fraud through various forms. The first form could take place in the home. If any member of a family has different political views other than those of the family, they may not choose to profess their views due to fear of what would happen. The second reason will be the fault of the postal service. People make mistakes all the time so it would not be uncommon for a postal worker to misplace or lose any election ballots. Also, if there is any corruption in the postal service, this would drastically impact the results of the election. In addition, if mail-in voting was enforced during this election, the time it would take to officially state the new president will cause suspicion amongst the people. Since this will not be an immediate process, the results could be skewed.

    One may argue that the spread of the coronavirus will drastically increase if voting must be done in person, to which may be true UNLESS all of the necessary precautions are enforced to protect the people. Since this is a state run affair, I am positive that everything will be done to prevent the spread of the virus. One suggestion to help stop the spread of the virus is to spread the election over a 3-7 day period in which the voters can come at their leisure and cast their vote. This will help disperse the clusters of people in the voting area.

    Finally, one may argue that it is vital for people to remain in their houses instead of voting in person due to the spread of the coronavirus. Yet strangely enough, those same people are marching in support of the Black Lives Matter movement amongst many others. If millions of Americans can come together to support those of African American descent, why can’t we come together and rightfully elect the next president?

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  • Kaitlyn from Kentucky

    While some may argue that it will be more beneficial to use mail-in votes to decrease the spread of COVID-19, in reality, it will just cause more issues when safety measures are put in place that scientists and healthcare professionals say work. For example, safety measures such as 6ft social distancing and mask-wearing are put in place at every place of business and every place of education to slow the spread of COVID-19. If those safety measures work, there is no reason to increase mail-in voting because everyone is able to vote safely. If you can go to school, the mall, out to eat, etc., you can vote in person. If you can protest with large gatherings of people, you can vote in person. Mail-in voting creates a large sum of issues which in this political climate will only add more hostility and hatred. If mail-in votes are increased, there will be wild accusations from both sides about the validity of the results which in turn creates more hostility between the supporters of each party. On top of that, mail-in votes create a lot of other logistical problems such as the votes not being delivered in time and people missing deadlines. Filling out the ballot from home also creates a great potential for influence from other people over that person’s vote. The vote should be unique to that person, not directly influenced by the members in your household.

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  • Nikhil from New York

    In my opinion, no, states should not increase the use of mail-in voting in the 2020 election. Increasing mail-in voting could end up resulting in fraudulency, many difficulties, and falsities in the election’s polls. Currently, there are many unemployed people in the US, and who’s to say that they won’t influence votes for a few dollars. People could go to disabled or elderly people’s homes and offer to fill in their ballots and mail them in. This could result in the person changing the other person’s vote or not sending in their ballots. People could also vote multiple times under different people’s names. Another reason that increasing mail-in voting could be detrimental to the election is the expenses and issues it could cause the postal system. Due to Covid-19, the postal system has taken a pretty hard hit, mail takes weeks, or even months to get from place to place, while in a Covid-free world, it would have taken days. By having citizens sending mail through the postal systems, thousands of votes could be lost, and many issues could arise for our postal system. In the primaries, 550,00 mail-in and absentee ballots were rejected, a much larger number than 2016. There is no doubt that voting by mail could result in many more difficulties and fradulencies in 2020 then 2016. The postal systems are not prepared to “move from a couple of thousand to a couple of million ballots,” said Tammy Patrick, a former county election official. In order to do this, a lot of money would have to go into developing an entirely different infrastructure. In some cities and states “with diverse populations, hundreds of types of ballots in multiple languages must be designed to allow everyone to vote.” Envelopes would have to be thick enough to protect privacy, and the paper thickness would have to be appropriate for scanners to count ballots, which would require the US to distribute these materials. Sorting and counting the votes would be yet another issue with millions of votes pouring in in different languages and formats. Finally, mail-in voting could cause a huge delay in the election, a core tenement to the nation’s state and situation. Even without millions of votes pouring in each day, the postal system is delayed by weeks and in some cases, months. Election will come around, and half of the votes could still be on their way. Although some may say that the risk with the Coronavirus and going to voting centers is too high, the risk of wrongfully electing a leader to our country, in such a state of turmoil could be much higher. Why would we spend more money, increase the risk of fraudulency, and difficulties in an election when we could just put masks on, distance ourselves, and vote normally? Being led by a wrongfully elected president could be much worse than the current situation at hand, and for this reason, I am against mail in voting.
    https://www.propublica.org/article/voting-by-mail-would-reduce-coronavirus-transmission-but-it-has-other-risks
    https://www.eac.gov/documents/2017/10/17/eavs-deep-dive-early-absentee-and-mail-voting-data-statutory-overview
    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/there-is-no-evidence-that-voting-by-mail-gives-one-party-an-advantage/

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  • Gabe from Kentucky

    Mail-in voting should not be increased to help make sure the results of election day are as legitimate as possible. This country has been divided greatly during Trump’s reign as president and many skepticisms have come to light, especially with the question on if the votes in the 2016 election were completely accurate. To help this process, people should be encouraged to go vote at their local voting center to help make sure the results are accurate. Even in the light of COVID-19, all states have implemented safety precautions to make sure that the transmission of disease is nonexistent for all voters. To ensure the legitimacy of the voting situation, mail-in voting should be discouraged and that voters should trust state safety precautions to vote at a physical voting center.

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  • Mackenzie from Kentucky

    I believe that the States should not increase the use of mail-in voting for the 2020 election. I find this a bad idea because there are many things that could go wrong. For one, as anxious as everyone is to know their President, mail-in voting will take a lot longer to proclaim the President of the United States. Following this, mail-in voting will bring lots of questions to the table when it comes to the legitimacy of the results. Not only that, but your ballot has a chance of getting lost causing you to have no say or vote at all. Voting is very important to the United States citizens and should not be given in the mail as it is more serious than that.

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  • Bella from Kentucky

    Mail in voting is not a good idea. It is not a good idea because it can and will lead to voting fraud in the United States. It will also take an extremely long time to get results from the election as the postal service during the election has been slower due to the pandemic. This can lead people to question how accurate the results really are or if their ballots were even counted. The only plus side to mail in voting that I can think of is somewhat limiting the spread of covid-19. However, people still go out everyday and this is no different. There are many more negatives to the issue than positives. Your ballot could be lost or not counted. Your ballot could be labeled as fraud due to an increase of multiple ballots from the same person or fake ballots. There is potential to be a lot more fraud in US elections, and the fact that it is changing a system that has been put in place for years and years. It is just not a good idea to have mail in voting.

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  • Teresa from Kentucky

    I believe that mail in voting should not be used because mistakes happen which could result in an inaccurate election. There may also be an increase in voting fraud which would also skew the results. The only reason why people should use mail in voting is if they are high risk for COVID-19 or would have previously qualified. Otherwise, people should make their way to the polls so that voting can be as efficient and results as accurate as possible. If people begin to vote at home, not only do you risk not having your vote counted for a delay in mailing, but others could try and pressure the voter to vote a certain way. Therefore, I believe that for the accuracy of the election, voters should go to the polls for in person voting.

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  • Emily from Kentucky

    I think that we should not increase the mail in ballots because there is so much more that can go wrong than right. People could easily cheat the system by sending in more than one ballot. People can also make one up and it not get seen as invaild and get counted. Mail could get lost or take too long. It takes less time to count and is very accurate to do the votes online. It could spread Covid, but if the sick people do mail and the rest do online it would run more smoothly. There can also be steps taken to clean the online screens that way it could help not spread Covid.

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  • Matt from Kentucky

    I believe that maximizing mail-in voting is not the best option for voting in the presidential election. Mail-In voting increases the chance of a fraudulent election because voters may be pressured at home whereas in person they have the liberty to make their own choice. In addition to pressuring voters, ballots may not be delivered in time through the mail to count in the election causing a dishonest election. Lastly, it is a terrible idea because there are cases of voters trying to send in two ballots whether they are under the same name or under the name of a family member who did not vote themselves or no longer are living. The concept of mail-in voting is one that could have great potential but there are too many risks. Voters want to know the new president as soon as possible and mail-in voting may take days or weeks to count up. Having in person voting has had amazing success up until now and ensures honest results.

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  • Shelby from Kentucky

    States should not increase the use of mail in voting because it encourages fraud and false information. Voting in person implies that the citizens of the United States will follow COVID 19 guidelines set in that state and those ballots will have a more direct effect on who gets elected. Mail-in voters have a higher increase of fraud for the reason that they cannot see the actual person voting. Mailing in dead citizens or voting more than once is a huge issue and the voting process should be focused on who the people of the United States truly want in the White House. Overall in person voting is more reliable than mail in voting.

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  • Abby from Kentucky

    I overall do not think that states should increase the use of mail-in voting because I think that whoever ends up winning the election might not be winning for the right reasons. The results would be way more accurate if everyone were to just vote in their voting booths. If people care enough to vote I think they would be willing to vote in person at the voting place. I do understand that with corona voting at home would be easier but there have been so many more situations that have been taken care of that I definitely think that all of the voting places would have a smart way of going about voting and making it a sanitary environment at the same time. I just overall feel that the votes would be more accurately counted if they were not done at home.

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  • Joshua from Missouri

    Well this is America and we have the right to vote, so therefore we all should. How can you tell by mail in votes if it is an actual person and not someone just mailing the ballot in for who they want to win. Is it an actual person that is still alive or is someone using their name. I understand that the Covid 19 is still going strong we should be able to stay safe in the amount of time it takes to vote.

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  • Patrick from Massachusetts

    Not long ago, there was a unilateral consensus that mail-in voting was a poorly constructed system that needed further development before it was fully implemented. All of that changed — as is true for many other areas of public life — with COVID-19. The notion of a mostly or totally remote election where no one has to stand next to each other is a pleasant one during a global pandemic. In reality, however, such a system would present a nightmarish slew of managerial difficulties that easily outweigh its benefits.

    Firstly: late ballots. In a host of state primaries these past several months — most notably Virginia and Arkansas — thousands of ballots have arrived late, some only just missing the cut-off. These ballots were subsequently “thrown out” [1]. Undoubtedly, the ballots were sent in by people who would have been able to utilize the gifts of democracy had the other options been presented to them. Solely because they were unable to follow the strict procedural protocol of mail-in voting, Americans — some through no fault of their own — were stripped of their voice. The same will happen on the national level if mail-in voting is embraced this November.

    More devastatingly, voter fraud has also plagued the mail-in system. Earlier this month, the state of Michigan had to discount over 10,000 absentee ballots which they received for the election [2]. This alone is disconcerting, but the fact that 846 of the discarded ballots were rejected “because the voter was dead” is downright disgraceful. As several news outlets correctly identified, this is an example of the system doing its job; corrupt individuals acting as deceased people were not allowed to vote. However, it does make you consider how much fraud is going undetected. Despite claims to the alternative, voter fraud is indeed a problem in America generally [3] and with the mail-in system specifically. The Heritage Foundation identifies 4 different elections that were “stolen” due to the vulnerabilities of mail-in voting [4] and a recent local election in New Jersey is heatedly contested due to similar concerns [5]. The latter situation is so precarious that a complete redo has been issued. The very possibility of this occurring on the national scale ought to be avoided at all costs.

    Encouraging remote voting would also be a low-blow at the integrity of our electoral system. Generally, the people have the ultimate power to decide on the next president. The votes are cast by the citizenry and counted under rigorously-enforced standards. With mail-in voting, this is not the case. When absentee voting is employed, the post office and its immediate affiliates have the final say. I certainly do not trust the USPS to superintend an election as I barely trust them to deliver packages on time! Additionally, absentee ballots are cast outside the supervision of electoral monitors and officials. This opens the door to theft, coercion, and even more controversially: “ballot harvesting,” wherein operatives are paid to collect the absentee ballots from voters. Worse still, Congress — led by a questionably-motivated Speaker Nancy Pelosi — is currently making an effort to compromise the states’ ability to regulate their own electoral process, including a mandate that ballot harvesting be allowed [6].

    The final problem presented by mail-in voting is one that is unique to this specific referendum. The upcoming election is assuredly going to be heated, and neither Donald Trump nor the DNC would go down quietly in the event that they lost. With a system as unrehearsed and unproven as absentee voting is, both parties are given leeway to dispute the results providing that they are not to their liking. A good rule in life is to keep the stakes low on the first several attempts; when you’re learning to walk on a tightrope, you start near the ground. The first time we try something, it generally should not be on the big stage. That is precisely the scenario that an increase in mail-in voting would create: it would thrust an inexperienced and flawed system onto the biggest stage of all.

    As for voter turnout, it is undoubtedly true that more people would vote if they were presented with additional options to do so. If we let people vote by email or text, then everyone would cast a ballot. But this misses the point. In the electoral process, security, accountability, and integrity must take precedence over ease-of-access. One day, the flaws of mail-in voting may well be smoothed over, in which case it should be adopted. In the mean-time, we should not elevate it to a position that it is presently unable to assume.

    Ultimately, I find no compelling reason to believe that states should actively incentivize or encourage mail-in voting. The system would isolate a considerable percentage of people from their inherent right to vote, it would motivate fraudulent behavior, it would upset the rightful distribution of the voting power, and it would almost certainly cost significantly more [7] to boot. Because of the resultant procedural difficulties, dishonest activity, and logistical dilemmas, mail-in voting is unready for such a momentous and fateful election. Some states have effectively utilized it in the past and that is worthy of applause, but in the states that have yet to do so, now is not the time to start. Individuals should certainly be allowed to vote by mail as they have been previously [8] — particularly those who are at risk from COVID-19 — but states should not proactively increase or incentivize the process. Doing so would create more problems than it would solve.

    CITATIONS

    [1] https://www.npr.org/2020/07/13/889751095/signed-sealed-undelivered-thousands-of-mail-in-ballots-rejected-for-tardiness
    [2] https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2020/08/14/secretary-state-benson-6400-michigan-absentee-ballots-rejected-late-arrival/5584613002/
    [3] https://www.heritage.org/election-integrity/commentary/database-swells-1285-proven-cases-voter-fraud-america
    [4] https://www.heritage.org/election-integrity/report/four-stolen-elections-the-vulnerabilities-absentee-and-mail-ballots
    [5] https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-mail-voting-redo-in-new-jersey-11598050780
    [6] https://www.wsj.com/articles/beware-the-fall-ballot-harvest-11592607662
    [7] https://fortune.com/2020/07/20/2020-election-mail-in-voting-ballot-postage-stamp/
    [8] https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/21/for-many-americans-election-day-is-already-here/

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  • Julianna from North Dakota

    I believe mail-in voting should not be included in the 2020 election because votes could not be counted. The mail system is not reliable to get votes back before the counting of the votes stops. There should be a different approach taken to collect votes because more and more votes are missed very election year.

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  • Corynna from North Dakota

    Although there are some good ideas for mail-in voting, I come from a state wear mail takes a while to deliver because we are in the middle of nowhere. So even if we were to vote right away and get it mailed right away, our vote might not count because it has a high possibility of being late. It would be unfair if that many votes from my state were to be discarded due to the mailing system that is in place. The mail-in voting systems also have a higher level of being intercepted leading to fraud. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we can’t due the traditional walk-in voting, so we have to take more precautions, for example, if we can do a drive through COVID-19 testing, we should be able to do a drive through voting system. Or we can take extra precautions inside, for example, space everyone 6 feet away, sanitize after every person, and make it so everyone walks in one door and exits through another, making everyone walk one way and less people in one area.

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  • Kaileigh from California

    Mail-in is a tough decision I believe that if people don’t want to be in danger to then just send mail, but should also, keep the polls open. Both sides definitely have there pros and cons with exposure of COVID-19 but the con for the other side is that votes won’t come in on time, but both have valid reasons and we should leave both sides open to keep everyone safe to their beliefs.

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  • Tianna from North Dakota

    I believe that we should not have mail in voting. Many votes could get lost in the mail or there can be a larger chance of voter fraud. I believe that if people can wait in line in stores or other shops and places it will be no different than standing in line for voting. I’m sure there would even be extra precaution taken during voting because of COVID-19 for the people. If we say no to mail-in voting there is a much more accurate count for who has voted and we will also receive the results of our votes faster. Although I do agree that mail in voting should be an option for a few people who are much more susceptible I do not think it is very trustworthy.

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  • David from North Dakota

    I don’t believe people need to vote by mail, yes COVID-19 is still a thing that we have to live through, but I believe that there is a huge risk of fraud there for there would be an inaccurate voting

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  • bryce from North Dakota

    I think that this is a bad idea because if we were to use mail-in voting then people who would receive the mail would be more likely to get covid.

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  • Taytim from North Dakota

    I don’t believe we should vote like this because people can Lie on their vote and millions of votes wont arrive before the presidential election day.

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  • Maya from Delaware

    The mail-in system for voting is not reliable. Letters by mail can potentially be intercepted and tampered with, resulting in non-reliable voting. Not only that, there have been many instances where citizens are mailed two or more ballots, which yet again shows why mail-in voting is unreliable.

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  • Katelyn from Texas

    With the upcoming presidential election nearing, the process of voting is a very controversial subject. For several reasons, mail in voting is not the option that is best for America and its future for the next four years. The main concern for voting at polls this year is the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there is risk involved in voting in person, grocery shopping or daily errands pose the same risk. Dr. Anthony Fauci concluded that, “There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to vote in person or otherwise.” With the right precautions in place, there is no reason voting can’t be done safely. Another reason mail in voting is not the right path to take is the opportunity of collusion. There are many ways to tamper with the votes if they were to get into the hands of the wrong person or a corrupted politician. There are other reasons mail in voting isn’t the best choice, but these are the most prominent as to why voting at the polls is crucial for this election.

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  • Briana from Massachusetts

    The reason why I voted no is because our community is growing socially despite of the pandemic, globally everything is done by the internet. Although there is a deadly virus that can potentially kill you or heal you from it. Overall humans are like children where we would always feel the need to touch or be next to each other. Either if the community stand 6 ft apart, the community will end up being close to each other. I believe it is best not to be in contact with other people due to the fact that if we are in the rush then everyone is at risk of being in contact with COVID 19 either with protection or without protection.

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  • Brooke from Alabama

    I think no because though it may be safer mistakes can and do happen. Like waiting in a line right now may not be the best option because it may cause medical problems to the people around you but in my own personal opinion I think that we’d be putting us in more harms way if we had a bad president leading our country especially since its in the state it is at this current moment, and since a lot of people are saying that a lot of systems in our country are broken including mail who’s to say that they won’t misplace it or lose it plus their are forgetful people in the world who might just forget to send it in and we’d end up bad with only half the population voting and the other half not getting a say. There’s also a lot of bad people in the world and who knows they could just work for a mailing company and mess up the voting where the side they go for would win. Even Donald Trump has stated his concerns on USA Today saying “universal mail in voting poses the biggest threat for voter fraud and threat to democracy” the story to the matter was covered by Joey Garrison on as mention before USA Today on Monday August 17,2020. Even BBC News has gotten statements from the states very own postal service saying “millions of mail in votes will not arrive on time to be counted on the presidential Election Day” now if our own postal service, the ones wed be trusting our votes with, and the ones who warned us about their own service not being ready or efficient enough for our votes through their service why should we! Why should we trust a service that doesn’t trust itself! Why should we should we put our country, our lives, our family’s at risk for something that millions of reliable sources have sworn against including the postal service itself, and this in itself is enough for me to stay away from that because I don’t want America to fail we cause of such a small little detail that we could have helped so for our country, for our lives, and for countless other lives i am against mail in voting!

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  • Dhruvi from Alabama

    It is a terrible idea to use a mail-in system for voting. It is an awful idea because it can lead to voting fraud, furthermore, people can also vote Continually, and any age can vote which is illegal. The fraud can happen by people using the dead person’s name and vote again. However, nobody can find out how the person has used a dead person’s name to vote. Moreover, the ballot system on the another hand is a great idea. I think it’s a great idea because it can never lead to fraud, it can’t because a person by itself goes to vote then shows their ID so that way government knows who voted. As mail-in way, if a wrong person gets elected by fraud then it would be bad for the country. But as ballot way, we can elect the right person for our country and make our country beautiful.

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  • Kyeonna from Massachusetts

    I believe that there shouldn’t be mail-in voting in the 2020 election because there is a chance that your vote may get lost in the mail or you won’t receive the voting ballet and it may sound far-fetched but there’s a chance that the people that take notice of the ballet could switch your original answer.

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  • Daxtyn P. from Tennessee

    Mail-In Voting is just another large unneeded expense that would in the end come out of tax payers pocket. Plus, with mail in voting, the risk of election cheating and fraud goes way way up. Also, it would take an insane amount of time, effort, and man-power to sort, organize, and account for every mail-in ballet from over 150 million Americans registered to vote. There is almost 4 million just in the state of Tennessee. New York, for a small local election, did completely mail-in voting and it was a disaster. They still don’t know who won months later. Mail-In voting would not only be extremely high risk but also an extreme waste of time and tax payer dollars. That 10 billion dollars that is being asked for the USPS to perform this task would be much better spent on helping kids get out of poverty or building better schools for our children and/or funding better benefit programs for our brave veterans.

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  • Elisha from North Carolina

    No there shouldn’t be an increase we should go to the polls and that’s where the ballets need to be cast not by mail. Theres to much at stake to depend on mail service to get the votes in on time to much deception. I would rather do it in person and know that my vote was accurately counted.

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    No there shouldn’t be an increase we should go to the polls and that’s where the ballets need to be cast not by mail. Theres to much at stake to depen…

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  • Kate from Massachusetts

    Mail- in voting increases the chances of people cheating by sending in multiple ballots of different names that are false. It could make the election unfair and allow bias by state. If, as a country we are forced to vote by mail, it will take away our civil rights and, eventually, democracy in the United States of America will no longer exist.

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