Why a Vote-by-Mail Option in 2020 Is Necessary

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This post originally appeared on the Brennan Center for Justice. It has been republished with permission.

Should a vote-by-mail option be widely available in all states before the 2020 presidential election to help protect voters and poll workers from COVID-19? (Chris Phan)

As the coronavirus ravages the country, presidential primary elections have been among the casualties. At least 16 states have already delayed some elections or allowed citizens to vote by mail with extended deadlines.

The latter move has helped renew a contentious debate in Washington, DC, and across the country: Should a vote-by-mail option be widely available in all states before the 2020 presidential election to help protect voters and poll workers from COVID-19?

Many state and local election officials of both parties believe it should.

President Trump warned that these changes would lead to…

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