Friday, July 31, 2020
Chuck Slothower: Oregon has conducted elections entirely by mail since becoming the first state to adopt this approach in 1998. There's no in-person voting, and in the five presidential elections since, we've seen nary a "hanging chad," nor widespread voter fraud allegations, and, Oregonians will tell you, it's easy: As NBC News neatly explained two years ago: "You don't have to ask for the ballot, it just arrives. There are no forms to fill out, no voter ID, no technology except paper and stamps. If you don't want to pay for a stamp, you can drop your ballot in a box at one of the state's hundreds of collection sites."
Vote-by-mail works. It's convenient, it expands voting, and the way we do it in my state has so far proved to be nearly tamper-proof, providing an offline paper trail for each vote cast. There's no reason -- other than perceived partisan advantage -- that it shouldn't be adopted in every state.
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