“Five states currently conduct all elections entirely by mail: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah. At least 21 other states have laws that allow certain smaller elections, such as school board contests, to be conducted by mail. For these elections, all registered voters receive a ballot in the mail. The voter marks the ballot, puts it in a secrecy envelope or sleeve and then into a separate mailing envelope, signs an affidavit on the exterior of the mailing envelope, and returns the package via mail or by dropping it off.
“Ballots are mailed out well ahead of Election Day, and thus voters have an ‘election period,’ not just a single day, to vote. All-mail elections can be thought of as absentee voting for everyone. This system is also referred to as ‘vote by mail.’ ”
Oregon has voted by mail since voters chose to make that change in 1998. Voting by mail has not led to voter fraud. I missed going to the precinct voting booths at first, but it’s easier and safer.
I make my choices on a paper ballot, put that ballot into an “privacy” envelope and seal that envelope in a larger envelope, sign the outside, and send it on its way.
All American adults are entitled to vote. It is our right and our responsibility. Now more than ever.