National & Civic Issues

Vote By Mail: Is It Safe, Fair, and Ready for November?

Abstract:

Some states are expanding voting by mail ahead of the 2020 election to ensure that people can vote safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Some people argue that voting by mail could increase voting fraud and cause inaccurate results.

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Source:

The Christian Science Monitor, adapted by NewsELA

Published:

6/17/2020

Should We All Be Able to Vote by Mail?

Abstract:

In primary elections this spring, voters had to make decisions about their right to vote and their personal safety during the coronavirus pandemic. Switching to voting by mail can be done to allow people to vote safely in upcoming elections.

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Source:

New York Times

Author:

Jeremy Engle

Published:

4/15/2020

As Pandemic Imperils Elections, Democrats Clash with Trump on Voting Changes

Abstract:

Politicians disagree about how far the United States should go in expanding voting access in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats think that voters should have more safe options for voting, while Republicans are resisting changes to voting.

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Source:

New York Times

Author:

Carle Hulse

Published:

4/8/2020

Vote-By-Mail Delivers an Array of Problems

Abstract:

Many people are pushing for increased voting-by-mail and early voting systems to keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic. However, some argue that this could lead to voter fraud and logistical problems.

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Source:

USA Today

Author:

Lanhee Chen

Published:

4/7/2020

How Voting in the U.S. is Harder Than Just Checking a Box

Abstract:

This article outlines the history of voting in the United States, how many Americans vote, and why so few people eligible to vote exercise this right. It also explains how voting could be made easier and more accessible to all Americans.

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Source:

Bloomberg Quick Takes, adapted by NewsELA

Published:

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We Should Never Have to Vote in Person Again

Abstract:

In Colorado, increased voting-by-mail for the recent primary election increased voting across all age groups. This system should be expanded beyond the coronavirus pandemic to continue to boost voter turnout.

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Source:

New York Times

Author:

Charlotte Hill, Jacob Grumbach, Adam Bonica & Hakeem Jefferson

Published:

5/4/2020

States Should Embrace Vote by Mail and Early Voting to Protect Higher-Risk Populations from Coronavirus

Abstract:

The coronavirus pandemic threatens U.S. elections; people should not have to risk their lives in order to participate in the democratic process of voting. Lawmakers need to take action to keep voters and election officials safe during the pandemic and make sure that people can safely share their views.

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Source:

Center for American Progress

Author:

Danielle Root

Published:

5/14/2020

The GOP Fight Against Voting by Mail

Abstract:

People contracted the coronavirus while voting in spring primary elections; if there are no alternatives to in-person voting, fewer people will turn out for the November presidential election. The Republican party is against mail-in voting, even during the pandemic.

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Source:

Facing South

Author:

Benjamin Barber

Published:

4/21/2020

Video: How the Pandemic Will Affect This Year’s Election

Abstract:

Even during the pandemic, people can’t vote online because of lack of security and accusations of hacking and malfunctions. Decisions about voting-by-mail are decided by each state, not nationwide.

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Source:

NPR

Author:

Miles Parks

Published:

6/4/2020

What a National Vote-By-Mail Election Might Look Like

Abstract:

Switching entirely to a vote-by-mail system by this November’s presidential election would be a logistical challenge. Absentee ballots do allow people to vote safety from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Source:

NPR

Author:

Celeste Headlee

Published:

4/30/2020