The pandemic has already altered how tens of millions of Americans can cast their ballots this year

The pandemic has already altered how tens of millions of Americans can cast their ballots this year

Washington Post: The coronavirus pandemic is rapidly transforming this year’s elections, changing the way tens of millions of people cast ballots and putting thousands of election officials at the center of a pitched political fight as they rush to adapt ...
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Why We Need Postal Democracy

Why We Need Postal Democracy

David Cole, New York Review of Books: Nothing symbolizes democracy like long lines at the polls on election day. They represent a collective act of faith, as chances are virtually nil that any one of the votes we cast over our ...
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Few States Are Prepared To Switch To Voting By Mail. That Could Make For A Messy Election

Few States Are Prepared To Switch To Voting By Mail. That Could Make For A Messy Election

FiveThirtyEight: As with most aspects of our daily lives, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the administration of elections. Several states have already postponed primaries that were scheduled for this spring, and the few in-person elections that have taken place were marred ...
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What’s Super Popular? Voting by Mail

What’s Super Popular? Voting by Mail

Congressional Democrats must recognize that Americans want this change, and bargain hard for the $4 billion that will assure safe and fair elections John Nichols, Nation Magazine: President Trump and his hyper-partisan Republican allies have been attacking proposals to vote ...
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Voting by Mail Could Be What States Need. But Can They Pull It Off?

Voting by Mail Could Be What States Need. But Can They Pull It Off?

Politics aside, many states will face daunting financial, logistical and personnel challenges to making mail balloting the norm. New York Times: When Colorado’s 3.5 million voters help select a president this fall, their choice will be made almost entirely by ...
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CISA COVID working group releases FAQs on expanding absentee/VBM

CISA COVID working group releases FAQs on expanding absentee/VBM

electionline.org: According to the U.S. Census, in 2018, just 6.2 percent of the voters who cast a ballot in the Northeast part of the country did so by mail/via absentee. In the South, it was 9.7 percent. Overall, just 23.1 ...
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Coronavirus crisis forces states to prioritize mail-in ballots

Coronavirus crisis forces states to prioritize mail-in ballots

Axios: Mail-in ballots are becoming states’ saving grace for their 2020 primary contests as the coronavirus crisis deepens in the U.S. Why it matters: Amid CDC guidance that gatherings shouldn’t exceed 50 people, the states voting today — Arizona, Florida and Illinois ...
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The race to change how America votes

The race to change how America votes

Axios: With in-person elections on Nov. 3 the hope but no longer a certainty, states are racing to chip away age-old barriers to alternatives in time for the general election. Why it matters: State laws and political calculations remain formidable ...
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"Time Is of the Essence”: How States Can Shore Up Mail Voting

“Time Is of the Essence”: How States Can Shore Up Mail Voting

The Appeal: As many states postpone primaries due to the coronavirus outbreak, Oregon still plans to hold its May elections. “Because Oregon votes by mail, we do not have to be concerned about social distancing issues at polling places that ...
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How to Protect the 2020 Vote from the Coronavirus

How to Protect the 2020 Vote from the Coronavirus

The Brennan Center’s plan to ensure that the 2020 election is free, fair, accessible, and secure Brennan Center: The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) presents a difficult and novel challenge to the administration of the 2020 general election. Recent election emergencies ...
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Preparing for an Election Under Pandemic Conditions

Preparing for an Election Under Pandemic Conditions

Here’s a 50-state breakdown of what systems election administrators have and don’t have in place to protect the 2020 election from the Covid-19 pandemic Brennan Center for Justice: The Brennan Center has laid out steps election administrators should undertake to ...
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The Coronavirus Could Change How We Vote, In 2020 And Beyond

The Coronavirus Could Change How We Vote, In 2020 And Beyond

FiveThirtyEight: The 2020 election will likely be different thanks to the new coronavirus. In fact, COVID-19 has already left its mark on the Democratic nomination race, with many states postponing their primaries. So it’s likely that in the coming months, states ...
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The coronavirus’s threat to democracy itself

The coronavirus’s threat to democracy itself

Katrina vanden Heuvel, Washington Post: The coronavirus pandemic poses a terrifying threat to life and a staggering test to our leaders. The unseemly spectacle of lawmakers scrambling to craft a response in the midst of a corporate lobbying feeding frenzy ...
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Voting in the Time of Coronavirus

Voting in the Time of Coronavirus

The New Yorker: Early Tuesday morning, Ohio became the fourth state—after Louisiana, Georgia, and Kentucky—to postpone a primary election because of covid-19. The decision, which came just hours before polls were scheduled to open, was made by Governor Mike DeWine, who ...
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Democrats throw down the gauntlet on vote-by-mail

Democrats throw down the gauntlet on vote-by-mail

Washington Post: Here’s a good piece of news amid the parade of horrors: House Democrats are set to introduce their own version of the stimulus, and importantly, it includes a set of provisions that would potentially prevent coronavirusfrom scuttling this ...
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Voting in a time of national emergency

Voting in a time of national emergency

Brookings: Abraham Lincoln could not vote for his own reelection in 1864. His home state of Illinois required all voters to physically present themselves at the polling station in order to exercise their franchise. In the midst of a national ...
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This is more than just a health and economic crisis. It’s a democracy crisis.

This is more than just a health and economic crisis. It’s a democracy crisis.

Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: As we have seen from the raft of primary election postponements, the coronavirus threatens our health and economy, but also our democracy. If voters cannot get to the polls, or are afraid to get to the ...
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The Coronavirus Doesn’t Have to Disrupt Our Elections

The Coronavirus Doesn’t Have to Disrupt Our Elections

We have ways to keep voters safe. Now we just need to use them. John Nichols, Nation Magazine: The 2020 primary election schedule is being upended by the coronavirus outbreak, and that should ring alarm bells for the November 3 ...
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Coronavirus could heavily disrupt election processes. States should prepare by adopting vote-by-mail

Coronavirus could heavily disrupt election processes. States should prepare by adopting vote-by-mail

Daily Kos: As the coronavirus outbreak increasingly becomes a pandemic, schools, public events, and public services are shutting down as government authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control urge people to distance themselves from those who could spread the disease ...
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It’s Time to Protect the 2020 Election, Too

It’s Time to Protect the 2020 Election, Too

Voting by mail is key to ensuring the integrity and accessibility of November’s vote. New York Times Editorial Board: There is no good time for a pandemic to hit. Still, it’s hard to imagine a more vulnerable moment than the ...
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Calls for vote-by-mail rise with stay-at-home orders

Calls for vote-by-mail rise with stay-at-home orders

CNN: Election officials and voting rights groups are calling for a general move to an all vote-by-mail system for remaining primaries and the November general election as the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to shut down major cities and states ...
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Mail voting could secure the November election. But can election officials make it happen in time?

Mail voting could secure the November election. But can election officials make it happen in time?

Washington Post: The rapidly escalating coronavirus pandemic has forced election officials to consider a sobering reality: The crisis could run headlong into November’s presidential election, and revamping America’s voting systems before then could be difficult and in some cases impossible ...
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Americans should not have to choose between their health and democracy

Americans should not have to choose between their health and democracy

Washington Post Editorial: ELECTIONS IN the United States have traditionally been marked by vigorous get-out-the-vote campaigns by candidates who leave no stone unturned in the effort to get voters to the polls. But that was not so on Tuesday amid ...
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Why vote-by-mail may not save our elections from the virus’ disruption

Why vote-by-mail may not save our elections from the virus’ disruption

Two lawmakers have proposed expanding mail-in voting to address health concerns. But that would inject new risks into an already unsettled election. Politico: The spreading coronavirus is starting to create a difficult choice for the nation’s election supervisors: force people ...
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Voting by Mail Is the Hot New Idea. Is There Time to Make It Work?

Voting by Mail Is the Hot New Idea. Is There Time to Make It Work?

The coronavirus has left states rapidly searching for ways to protect democracy’s most sacred institution. New York Times: In Wisconsin, Democrats sued elections officials to extend voting deadlines. In Rhode Island, the secretary of state wants all 788,000 registered voters ...
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