Increasingly, we are seeing calls for states to adopt no-excuse absentee and vote by mail.

This is a very important step in ensuring the right to vote, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as with any method of voting, there are safeguards that are necessary to prevent voter disenfranchisement.

Here are the four vote by mail requirements that, at a minimum, states should implement to ensure that eligible voters may fully participate in the election this November.

One thing that all states share going into the 2020 general election is the extent to which the COVID-19 outbreak will change the way Americans vote. The impacts of the COVID-19 virus will affect voters, government officials, and volunteer poll workers alike.

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Postage must be free or prepaid by the government


Ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must count


Signature matching laws need to be reformed to protect voters


Community organizations should be permitted to help collect and deliver voted, sealed ballots