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What is Vote By Mail?

Ten Questions and Answers about Vote By Mail. This explains what it is, and why it matters.

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What is Vote By Mail?

  1. 1. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Ten questions. Ten straight answers. Vote By Mail
  2. 2. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Q1: What is Vote By Mail?
  3. 3. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. every registered voter gets a ballot in the mail. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Vote By Mail: Pandemic or not, everyone can vote safely. You can mail it back or vote in person. Without dealing with complex websites, applications or other hassles. _
  4. 4. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Q2: Why is this a thing now?
  5. 5. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. The pandemic could make elections difficult in November. Vote By Mail is the most practical way to make sure the election is safe and accessible for all voters. No matter what. _ _
  6. 6. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Q3: IS IT NEW?
  7. 7. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. In 2016, more than 57 Million votes were cast by mail. Nope. It’s not new. A lot of people have been been voting by mail for decades. All 50 state have some early or absentee voting by mail, though it’s often restricted to certain people and circumstances. _
  8. 8. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. States with most mail-in voting (2017) STATE Oregon Washington Colorado Arizona Utah Florida New Mexico Tennessee North Carolina Montana Texas Arkansas California Georgia VOTES CAST BY MAIL 100% 98% 94% 75% 69% 68% 67% 66% 65% 65% 63% 60% 59% 59% Source: https://www.eac.gov/documents/2017/10/17/eavs-deep-dive-early-absentee-and-mail- voting-data-statutory-overview
  9. 9. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Q4: But is it secure?
  10. 10. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. In some ways it is more secure. It is harder to hack. There is a complete paper trail. Yes. voting by mail © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. is as secure as in-person voting.
  11. 11. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Q5: But what about fraud?
  12. 12. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Voter fraud is RARE. •  Bi-partisan studies covering almost 20 years of voting found only a few hundred votes, out of billions that were determined to be improper. •  That’s about 0.00003% of both mail and in- person ballots. •  Most accusations of fraud turn out to be clerical errors. Source: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/debunking-voter-fraud-myth
  13. 13. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Q6: What about other kinds of cheating?
  14. 14. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Source: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/debunking-voter-fraud-myth •  There is no evidence that Vote By Mail makes cheating more likely. •  It may even help prevent some of it. Most attempts to manipulate results are driven by political operatives, not voters. States can tighten already strict ballot rules that discourage cheating and put cheaters in jail . _
  15. 15. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Q7: How do they verify ballots?
  16. 16. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Every ballot is bar-coded, and checked by hand. The barcode says which voter should be using that specific ballot. Kind of like a concert ticket. A bipartisan team verifies every ballot. They check the voter’s ID and signature against their signature on file. Questionable ballots aren’t counted unless the voter verifies in person. Source: https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/ verification-of-absentee-ballots.aspx
  17. 17. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Q8: Is vote by mail a big advantage for Democrats?
  18. 18. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. No. Neither party gets an advantage. Utah, Georgia, Arizona, Texas and other Republican- leaning states all have a high % of Vote By Mail. So do California, Oregon and Washington. Voters vote for the candidates they want.
  19. 19. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Q9: Does VoteByMail increase turnout?
  20. 20. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Various studies show that Vote By Mail boosts turnout between 3% and 5%. Yes, a little.
  21. 21. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Q10: Can I vote by mail now?
  22. 22. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. It depends on the rules in your state. Probably. Most states allow people to apply to receive a ballot by mail. Some have restrictions on who is eligible to get an early or absentee ballot. If you are an eligible voter, in a state that allows it, have internet access, and are comfortable with slightly confusing websites, then yes.
  23. 23. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. To find out if you’re eligible and request a ballot : Go to: Your state’s election website OR vote.org or fvap.gov They’ll prompt you for your location, then link you to the right page on your state’s site:
  24. 24. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Do it today so you don’t forget. Most states have strict deadlines that are earlier than you think! fvap.gov or vote.org
  25. 25. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. When you get your ballot: Follow the directions CAREFULLY: -  Fill in everything -  Sign everywhere you need to. -  Include your ID as indicated
  26. 26. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Mail your ballot back! There may be official drop off places in your community. KNOW THE RULES! They are on your ballot. This is the best protection against any cheating. DON’T FORGET – There is a strict deadline. If you’re late your ballot won’t be counted. (Unreturned ballots are a bummer.)
  27. 27. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. Your to do list: 4. Fill out and send in your ballot! fvap.gov or vote.org or your state’s web site } usa.gov/ state-governor Tell the Congressional Switchboard your state, and they’ll connect you: (202) 224-3121 1.  Make sure you’re registered. 2. Request your ballot •  Check if you’re eligible for early or absentee voting. •  Request your ballots for any state, local and Federal elections in 2020 as needed. •  Fill in any required application. 3. You can tell your elected reps that you want Vote By Mail. •  Call your Senators and Reps •  Contact your Governor
  28. 28. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. VoteByMail = Every registered voter gets a ballot in the mail. You can vote in person if you want to!
  29. 29. © Copyright 2020 Narrative Builders. All Rights Reserved. 29 References National Conferences of State Legislatures https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/ verification-of-absentee-ballots.aspx Voting at home across the states https://www.voteathome.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Vote- at-Home_50-State-Report.pdf US Election Assistance Committee: Early, Absentee and Mail Voting https://www.eac.gov/documents/2017/10/17/eavs-deep-dive- early-absentee-and-mail-voting-data-statutory-overview Voter Fraud Database https://votingrights.news21.com/interactive/election-fraud- database/ The voter fraud myth https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/ debunking-voter-fraud-myth

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