Voting During a Pandemic? You Have Some Options ...

By Sophia Lackens |  @RedLineProject | Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Source: National Conference of State Legislatures | Graphic: Sophia Lackens

With COVID concerns looming over the November election, Americans are looking at alternative means of voting.

With the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 nearing 2 million in the United States and fears of a second wave looming over the fall, Americans are considering how to safely cast their ballot in November. For many, voting by mail via an absentee ballot is a viable option for a socially distant display of democracy.

However, not all absentee ballots are created equal. As the map below shows, only 30 states have “No-Excuse Absentee Ballots.” Another 5 states have “All-Mail Elections.” For voters in the remaining 15 states, staying healthy and voting in November may pose a bigger challenge. In places like Louisiana, an eligible excuse is required to receive an absentee ballot.

For Illinois voters, the process to request an absentee ballot is quick and easy. To learn more about voting by mail in Illinois, check out this graphic:

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