Mail Voting

This document briefly summarizes the approximately two dozen Election Day and post-Election Day lawsuits filed in the battleground states, primarily by the Trump For President campaign and various GOP groups. It also links to the legal complaints and court orders where possible.

Memo / November 25, 2020
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This report outlines the many legal challenges to absentee and mail voting systems brought since March, largely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memo / October 29, 2020
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This spreadsheet outlines key dates and deadlines from six battleground states (Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin). Deadlines may vary depending on how an application or ballot is returned, whether by mail, email, phone, fax, or in person. Users can filter by states if they so choose; the spreadsheet is live and will update as rulings impact election timelines.

Resources / October 21, 2020
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This spreadsheet outlines key dates and deadlines from all 50 states and DC. Deadlines may vary depending on how an application or ballot is returned, whether by mail, email, phone, fax, or in person. Users can filter by states if they so choose; the spreadsheet is live and will update as rulings impact election timelines.

Resources / October 21, 2020
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The 2020 general election has officially begun, and voters around the country are beginning to receive absentee ballots. Yet fifty states have fifty sets of rules, and different options are available to voters depending on the election rules that govern them.

Memo / October 10, 2020
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This guide compiles resources from states and cities around the U.S., providing links to videos, infographics, websites, and other references detailing the processes involved in voting by mail.

Resources / October 12, 2020
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With greater reliance on absentee ballots in light of COVID-19, states and voters are increasingly turning to ballot tracking tools—especially more advanced commercial options— to provide greater confidence in mail ballots. This memo provides an overview of how ballot tracking works, and provides a comprehensive table cataloging the different ballot tracking alternatives available to voters.

Memo / October 09, 2020
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Based on a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling, Pennsylvania’s election officials will reject any absentee ballots received without a secrecy sleeve, sometimes known as a “naked ballot.” In light of this decision, this analysis summarizes the current secrecy sleeve rules in Pennsylvania and also describes the rules of sixteen states that also use or require secrecy sleeves.

Memo / October 07, 2020
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Because of the anticipated increase in mail-in ballots in 2020, and the associated risk of an increase in the number of rejected ballots, signature verification rules and practices have come under renewed scrutiny ahead of the November election. This report examines the current signature verification landscape across the United States, with a particular emphasis on the battleground states of Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Memo / October 28, 2020
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The United State Postal Service (USPS), consistently polled as America’s favorite federal agency, has faced financial strain over the past decade; when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, its financial future became bleaker still. Many of the fears that the agency will not be able to handle vote-by-mail ballots before the November election are overstated, but voters should nevertheless return  completed absentee ballots at least a week before Election Day to avoid any last-minute postal delays.

Memo / September 21, 2020
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A comprehensive aggregation of publicly available resources regarding vote by mail, designed primarily for election officials considering expansion of vote by mail and others seeking a deeper understanding of the current vote-by-mail landscape and expansion policies under consideration in many states.

Resources / August 31, 2020
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While some states have successfully used ballot drop boxes for years, the COVID-19 pandemic has expanded the practice throughout the country, particularly as election officials have expressed concern about the U.S. Postal Service’s capacity to reliably deliver absentee ballots on time. Overall at least 35 states have used or plan on using ballot drop boxes this year, and their use in the upcoming election will likely be the largest of any election in American history.

Memo / August 23, 2020
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