Vote by Mail Advantages
- No standing in line –
- No taking time off work –
- No transportation problems –
- We have a 500 hour window to vote instead of a 12 hour window –
- Reduces or eliminates weather problems –
- Ballots are transported not by volunteers or temps, but by federal employees trained in security — postal workers
- Ballot transportation security is protected by federal law
- There are never any large numbers of ballots in one place (e.g. ballot boxes) except in the secure counting facility, so ballots can’t “go missing.”
- No armed racist “poll watchers” at polling places
- No worries about police looking for people with outstanding warrants
- No worries about false messaging about polling places or election days
- Bomb threats can’t shut down voting
- Epidemics such as coronavirus can’t be used as a pretext to shut down elections
- Recountable, by hand if necessary
- No election-day credential challenges
- Visit the website to see if your ballot was counted, if it wasn’t, you can re-vote – or sign up for email notifications
- If you didn’t get a ballot, same story, 3 weeks to correct the problem
- No crappy voting machines in poor or POC precincts
- No misaligned paper in machines – no machines!
- If you vote early, the campaigns stop calling you and sending you junk mail
- People talk about the civic nostalgia of gathering at a physical polling place, but that’s pretty much a white privilege thing (cf. intimidation and taking time off work)
- No “illegal immigrants” voting — this isn’t a problem anyway, but it calls the bluff of people who say it is.
- Machines that print out a paper ballot can be hacked to print something different than what they actually record. That’s not the same as a paper ballot.
- It stymies polling and forces the media to wait until the election is over to get the results. Which is what elections are for.
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