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senate Bill S. 26

Should Voters Be Able to Cast Their Ballots by Mail in Federal Elections?

Argument in favor

Voting by mail is far more convenient than having to go wait in line at a polling place, and automatic voter registration at the DMV eliminates the hassle of having to deal with the state elections office too.

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last Thursday
If we can securely file taxes through mail, we can vote securely through mail. Ask yourself why republicans want to make it harder to vote.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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In the past I lived in States with vote by mail and AVR and it is fabulous. I would love to see it in Arkansas. Voter fraud is essentially non-existing, so that’s a totally false flag. Even partisan sources that went deliberately looking for it found vanishingly small numbers. (0.0000044%) ELECTION FRAUD is another matter entirely and one that vote by mail nearly eliminates. Gerrymandering can still be a issue, but at least you don’t get situations like what’s happening in NC. State election officials told a hearing recently that North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District was subject to a “coordinated, unlawful, and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme” orchestrated by a GOP operative.
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Scott 's Opinion
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last Thursday
This is how we do it in Colorado. Works great.
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Argument opposed

Voting by mail can be relatively expensive because of the the number of ballots that have to be sent, and not everyone who goes to the DMV to update their license or registration wants to be registered to vote.

Doug's Opinion
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Do we really need another opportunity for easy access to voter fraud? Let’s make it as hard to cast a ballot as it is to purchase a gun!
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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No Way........ Voting by mail can be relatively expensive because of the the number of ballots that have to be sent, and not everyone who goes to the DMV to update their license or registration wants to be registered to vote. Voting by Mail would be, in my mind, likely to lead to, illegal votes being cast. How are voters validated???🤔 SneakyPete....... 4.18.19......... 👎🏻👎🏻MailBallots”...........
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Tooluser1's Opinion
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Another day, another avenue for vote fraud.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
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  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Rules and Administration
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 26?

This bill would give voters the ability to cast their ballots by mail for federal elections and allow people to automatically register to vote when obtaining their driver’s license or updating their information.

States would be required to mail ballots to registered voters at least two weeks before the election at no charge, and couldn’t place any restrictions on the right to vote by mail except for a deadline to return the ballot to state or local election officials.

Impact

People who want to vote by mail for federal elections or register to vote automatically when they got to the DMV; and state election officials and motor vehicle authorities.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 26

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) reintroduced this bill, which they first introduced in 2016, to give all American voters casting ballots in federal elections the ability to do what those in his home state are able to do — vote by mail:

“My home state of Oregon has led the nation in making voting more accessible. No one has to take time off work just to exercise his or her constitutional rights. My proposition is the rest of our country should follow Oregon’s lead and offer all voters a chance to vote by mail.”

Parts of this bill are included in the House Democrats' reform bill, H.R. 1, the For the People Act. Upon that bill's introduction, Sen. Wyden praised its inclusion of vote-by-mail:

“The House is doing the right thing by recognizing the value of vote-by-mail and the Senate should follow its lead. Last November, once again, voters across the nation faced unacceptable barriers just to have their ballots counted. This administration and special interests want to make voting harder so they can advance an anti-democratic agenda that rewards the powerful and hurts regular Americans. Our bill sweeps away artificial roadblocks to voting and makes it easier for everyone to have their voice heard in Washington, D.C.”

There are 14 cosponsors of this bill in the 116th Congress, including 13 Democrats and one Republican. In the 115th Congress, this legislation had the support of 19 cosponsors, including 18 Democrats and one Independent.


Of Note: Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to exclusively use vote by mail in 2000, following the passage of an initiative with the support of 69 percent of voters. Since then it has had among the highest voter turnout rates of all states.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Clipdude / Creative Commons)

AKA

Vote By Mail Act of 2019

Official Title

A bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to allow all eligible voters to vote by mail in Federal elections, to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to provide for automatic voter registration.

    If we can securely file taxes through mail, we can vote securely through mail. Ask yourself why republicans want to make it harder to vote.
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    Do we really need another opportunity for easy access to voter fraud? Let’s make it as hard to cast a ballot as it is to purchase a gun!
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    In the past I lived in States with vote by mail and AVR and it is fabulous. I would love to see it in Arkansas. Voter fraud is essentially non-existing, so that’s a totally false flag. Even partisan sources that went deliberately looking for it found vanishingly small numbers. (0.0000044%) ELECTION FRAUD is another matter entirely and one that vote by mail nearly eliminates. Gerrymandering can still be a issue, but at least you don’t get situations like what’s happening in NC. State election officials told a hearing recently that North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District was subject to a “coordinated, unlawful, and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme” orchestrated by a GOP operative.
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    This is how we do it in Colorado. Works great.
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    Of course. We can pay our taxes by mail. Why not vote?
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    No Way........ Voting by mail can be relatively expensive because of the the number of ballots that have to be sent, and not everyone who goes to the DMV to update their license or registration wants to be registered to vote. Voting by Mail would be, in my mind, likely to lead to, illegal votes being cast. How are voters validated???🤔 SneakyPete....... 4.18.19......... 👎🏻👎🏻MailBallots”...........
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    All for it. Colorado already does this. You can also drop at polling places if you miss the deadline or vote in person. Works great! Every state I’ve lived in, Illinois Texas, Montana, and Colorado has had it. If they can handle it, all states can.
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    Yes. It works well here in Washington State.
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    Another day, another avenue for vote fraud.
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    Of course they should. We have done it this way in Oregon forever. It’s more cost effective and it encourages more vote participation. The returns come in very quickly as well.
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    Good Afternoon, I travel all over and survive using USPS Premium Forwarding... I need to vote by mail.
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    I lived in Washington state and Oregon, both mail in ballot states. As such both states have high voter turnout. Voters can mail in their ballots or drop them off at Libraries and other specified drop off points. It's far less expensive than opening up various polls and man powering them, and buying and/or renting machines that end up flipping your vote. Voters can fill out ballots in the comfort of their own homes over coffee. No long lines in inclement weather. No closing down polls in minority neighborhoods or moving polls at the last minute, or dealing with machines that steal your votes etc etc the way republican controlled states do during elections, such as Georgia, Texas, North Carolina and so on. Watch, blue states will be far more receptive to mail in voting, while red states will demonize mail in voting. As to voter fraud, there is virtually none. Republicans use that as a crutch to suppress voting.
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    Yet another George Soros project he funds through his numerous NGO’s. I have to hand it to the evil bastard, he is persistent.
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    All voters should be able to cast votes by mail! This is the 21st century! We don’t need everyone to go to a specific polling place just to cast a ballot! That can easily be done at home and sent in the mail. If we truly believe in democracy, we should be making voting easier, not harder!
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    No. Show up, in person, with proper I.D. as a U.S. citizen. Otherwise, no vote!
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    No! Because that would give the rotten Democrats more ways to cheat!
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    People already vote by mail. I have used absentee, while on TDY. Elderly, or disabled usd this. Why would anyone think we need another law?
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    Automatic voter registration and mail in ballots, please!
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    Being able to mail in a ballot is the only way some people can Vote.
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    After reading other comments, I would now say as long as the concerns I gave below are taken into consideration, why not? However, we must have a receipt showing that our ballot was received. And there should be a waiting period to allow delayed mail to reach its destination. No way. How do I know if my ballot was received and counted? Our mail gets lost, a lot, on our Alaskan island. And when the weather is bad, which it frequently is, it may be 4 days, or more, before any mail gets off the island! So mail, to me, is NOT an option! Bad enough that the President, because of the Electoral College, is elected before we even vote! So why are we even a part of the United States and paying taxes when our vote doesn’t even count? Can anyone tell me this?
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