Given the uncertainty of COVID-19 and how it may endanger in-person voting for the 2020 General Election, vote-by-mail (absentee ballot) options will be critical for many Americans to vote safely. Nearly all states are now allowing vote-by-mail for this election. However, the success of vote-by-mail still depends on the ability of the USPS to pick up and deliver absentee ballots to be counted before the deadline. The Trump administration has recently escalated its efforts to undermine the USPS, leading to widespread concerns about the ability of the USPS to handle the anticipated surge in vote-by-mail this November.
One straightforward and cost-effective solution is to set up secure ballot drop boxes where voters can deposit their completed absentee ballot without relying on USPS or having to risk in-person voting. Given the Trump administration’s obvious attempts to suppress vote-by-mail, state and local governments must start preparing now to ensure voters have safe and reliable methods to deliver their absentee ballot.
Demand your state leadership create a secure ballot drop box program so that the Trump administration’s interference with the USPS does not impact the safety, accessibility, and accuracy of the November election.