Opinion | We Should Never Have to Vote in Person Again

Source: The New York Times - View Original Article
Published: May 04, 2020
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97% "All-mail voting also helps reduce the wealth-turnout gap.""
96% "The explanation is simple: Mail voting makes participating in elections a lot easier.""
95% "letters@nytimes.com.""
94% "The reform draws strong support among both Democratic and Republican voters, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll.""
93% "And here's our email:""
92% "Our new research shows that elections with all-mail voting increase turnout among everyone, especially groups that tend to vote less frequently.""

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97% : All-mail voting also helps reduce the wealth-turnout gap.
96% : The explanation is simple: Mail voting makes participating in elections a lot easier.
95% : Blue-collar workers see a 10 percentage-point jump in turnout.
95% : As election security experts have pointed out, fraud is exceptionally rare, hard to commit without getting caught and nearly impossible to do on the scale necessary to affect election results.
95% : letters@nytimes.com.
94% : Which Coloradans benefited most from all-mail voting Difference between actual and projected turnout in Colorado's 2018 election, by race, educational attainment and household wealth 0 +2 +4 +6 +8 +10 +12 pct.
94% : The reform draws strong support among both Democratic and Republican voters, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll.
93% : A huge expansion of mail voting is one way to ensure that participating in democracy won't undermine public health.
93% : And here's our email:
92% : Our new research shows that elections with all-mail voting increase turnout among everyone, especially groups that tend to vote less frequently.
90% : A few other states have all-mail voting in small jurisdictions, and California has been gradually rolling it out.
90% : Vote centers are open during an early voting period as well as on Election Day.
90% : Looking at voters by political party, we find that Democrats and Republicans benefit about the same amount: around 8 percentage points.
89% : It should be noted that while our findings suggest national voting by mail could do wonders alone, voting experts rate Colorado's system so highly because it also allows for same-day registration.
88% : We also examine the inevitable question on politicians' minds: What will this do for my re-election prospects?
87% : 100% Actual 2018 turnout 80
84% : Or voters take it to a county vote center, staffed with personnel, to cast their ballot in person.
83% : And people of color -- who have been subjected to centuries of voter discrimination -- might be skeptical of adopting big changes to an electoral system that has disadvantaged them.
82% : Those results merit permanent, wide-scale shifts.
82% : Focusing on Colorado's recent switch to vote-by-mail in 2013 and using the voter file -- a comprehensive record of who turns out in American elections -- we find that turnout goes up among everyone, especially the historically disenfranchised: young people, voters of color, less-educated people and blue-collar workers.
80% : every Coloradan a ballot increased voting across all age groups 100% Actual 2018 turnout Projected turnout without all-mail voting
80% : We then compared that with how turnout changed during the same period in similar nearby states.
80% : Some Republican legislatures recently introduced proposed changes that allow for mail voting in November 2020, but only for those age 65 and older, or those in the military, both of whom more reliably support Republican candidates.
78% : We found that all-mail voting has a tremendously large effect, boosting overall voting rates in Colorado by more than 9 percentage points.
77% : Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook, Twitter (@NYTopinion) and Instagram.
75% : Projected turnout without all-mail voting 60
74% : Households with less than $10,000 in wealth see a 10 percentage-point turnout boost from all-mail voting, while the effect for those with $250,000 or more in wealth is about half that size.
73% : Past studies of all-mail voting, mostly of its early years in Oregon and California, argued that it does boost turnout, but mainly for those who already vote.
73% : Under all-mail voting, youth turnout increases by 16 percentage points.
72% : Gen X Silent Generation Millennials Boomers
72% : Young people, notorious for their low turnout rates, use traditional mail less than other groups.
72% : People without a high school diploma are 9.6 percentage points more likely to vote.
71% : Less wealthy Coloradans benefited most from all-mail voting Which Coloradans benefited most from all-mail voting Difference between actual and projected turnout in Colorado's 2018 election, by race, educational attainment and household wealth 0 +5 +10 pct.
71% : This ensures that people who miss the state's registration deadline for mail voting can still register and vote in person.
71% : To justify their position, many have bandied the Republican Party's evergreen excuse for opposing democracy reforms: the specter of voter fraud.
71% : We'd like to hear what you think about this or any of our articles.
67% : As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, there are growing concerns about whether in-person voting can be conducted safely in the months ahead, including for the November presidential election.
66% : (Denver alone has about 30 throughout the city.)
66% : Colorado also had years to prepare for its expansion of mail voting.
66% : Election administrators looking to institute mail voting in time for November should be careful to communicate all changes -- and the reasoning behind them -- to voters of all backgrounds.
66% : All-mail voting appears to be that rarest of democracy reforms: a shift that helps everyone get more involved, that reduces inequities and that attracts support across parties -- if only at the grass-roots level.
65% : In Colorado, a traditional swing state, ballots are mailed to all registered voters, who can then choose to mail back their completed ballot or drop it in one of many secure collection boxes.
65% : A number of Republican leaders -- most notably President Trump -- have come out in opposition to mail voting.
62% : Our findings show, however, that low-turnout groups are the very groups that stand to benefit most from all-mail voting.
61% : Nathaniel Persily, a professor at Stanford Law School, and Charles Stewart III, a professor of political science at M.I.T., argue in a recent article, "States should approach this situation as an emergency, not as an opportunity to make long-term changes to election policy.
59% : The Times is committed to publishing a diversity of letters to the editor.
56% : " We disagree.
56% : Larger increase in turnout White $0-5k household wealth $5-10k $10-25k $25-50k $100-250k $50-100k $250-500k More than $500k
55% : And voters of color benefit immensely: Our research finds a 13 percentage-point turnout boost for African-Americans, a 10 percentage-point boost for Latino voters and an 11 percentage-point increase for Asian-Americans.
52% : Mailing every Coloradan a ballot increased voting across all age groups
52% : Mailing every Coloradan a ballot increased voting across all age groups
50% : Jacob Grumbach is a professor of political science at the University of Washington.
49% : Higher turnout due to all-mail voting White $0-5k household wealth $5-10k $10-25k $25-50k $100-250k $50-100k $250-500k More than $500k
48% : Currently, registered voters automatically get a ballot by mail in five states: Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado and Hawaii.
48% : This is why a leading consortium of civil rights groups called for primaries to continue as scheduled in the face of Covid-19.
48% : Charlotte Hill is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley.
45% : Support is even stronger among Democrats and Republicans living in states that already have all-mail voting.
44% : This is somewhat surprising, given that groups historically associated with voting for Democrats benefit most from mail voting.
43% : The idea of "all-mail voting" is straightforward: Every registered voter gets sent a ballot via mail to their home address, then after making their choices, voters mail it back; and those who want to still travel to vote in person can do so.
42% : (Colorado also proactively updates voter addresses using the United States Postal Service's National Change of Address database and, as of 2017, provides automatic voter registration throughout the state.)
41% : Here are some tips.
40% : Adam Bonica and Hakeem Jefferson are professors of political science at Stanford.
39% : Less than high school diploma High school diploma Some college Bachelor's degree Graduate degree 0 +5 +10 Which Coloradans benefited most from all-mail voting $0-5k household wealth Difference between actual and projected turnout in Colorado's 2018 election, by race, educational attainment and household wealth $5-10k 0 +5 +10 $10-25k Less than high school diploma 0 +5 +10 pct.
39% : There's solid evidence that Republican politicians may not believe their own rhetoric on this issue.
37% : Turnout increased the most for young voters 40 30
35% : Our research suggests policymakers looking to to maximize democratic participation can expand mail voting ahead of this challenging November election -- and also put it on the books for years to come.
34% : One explanation may be that in Colorado, young people are choosing to register as independents rather than as Democrats.
34% : At this point, the burden of argument regarding the merit of mail voting should be on its opponents, not its proponents.
33% : points $25-50k High school diploma $100-250k African-American
32% : Last-minute changes could undermine trust and depress turnout.
31% : So when we began our research, we wouldn't have been surprised by unequal outcomes.
30% : The New York Times·Source: Research by Adam Bonica, Jacob M. Grumbach, Charlotte HIll and Hakeem Jefferson
30% : If that remained true, then mail voting could actually exacerbate present inequalities in political participation.
30% : points African-American Asian
30% : Some college $50-100k Asian Bachelor's degree $250-500k Latino Larger increase in turnout Graduate degree More than $500k White
30% : points African-American Asian
30% : The New York Times·Source: Research by Adam Bonica, Jacob M. Grumbach, Charlotte HIll and Hakeem Jefferson
30% : And because mail voting leaves behind a paper trail -- which election officials can audit to verify that votes were counted as cast -- it may actually be even more secure than in-person voting.
28% : For most voters, mail voting is not a partisan issue.
25% : In fact, we found that Colorado's shift to vote-by-mail increased the turnout of independents by 12 percentage points, more than among members of either major party.
21% : This is particularly helpful for young people, who disproportionately cite time constraints as their reason for not voting.
18% : But the good news in the state doesn't stop there.
15% : To study the effect of all-mail voting in Colorado, we first looked at how turnout changed after the state instituted all-mail voting.
14% : Turnout increased the most for young voters 40 30 35
10% : Less than high school diploma High school diploma Some college Bachelor's degree Graduate degree
10% : This is a bad-faith take.
9% : Before this year, the results of research into all-mail voting's turnout effect had been mixed.
8% : But should we expand mail voting beyond the Covid-19 crisis?
5% : In the midst of this pandemic, it's an adjustment that every state legislature should try to make.

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