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Monday, Jun 29, 2020

* The Brennan Center has a new study up entitled “Preparing Your State for an Election Under Pandemic Conditions”

Here’s a 50-state breakdown of what policies states already have and still need in order to best protect the November 2020 election from the Covid-19 pandemic.

* Illinois was the only state to meet all of the criteria. Click the pic for the full list. The last column is same-day registration, by the way. It got cut off

The Brennan Center only dinged Illinois on one topic: We have no pre-paid statewide postage for mail-in ballots. Fourteen states have that.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

9 Comments »
  1. - Huh? - Monday, Jun 29, 20 @ 1:51 pm:

    “We have no pre-paid statewide postage for mail-in ballots.”

    Lack of prepaid postage to return a ballot is such an impediment to voting. May as well not vote. /s


  2. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Jun 29, 20 @ 1:57 pm:

    I wonder if someone will sue claiming that required postage constitutes a poll tax.


  3. - Nick - Monday, Jun 29, 20 @ 2:08 pm:

    To be fair the * is that for the first two metrics some states already do vote by mail entirely for every single voter

    But still we’ve made great progress to prepare for the election this November


  4. - southsider - Monday, Jun 29, 20 @ 2:17 pm:

    == To be fair the * is that for the first two metrics some states already do vote by mail entirely for every single vote ==

    True, but you have to look at their laws for COUNTING those ballots and additional requirements imposed on first time voters. They have some additional restrictions.


  5. - Just Another Anon - Monday, Jun 29, 20 @ 2:29 pm:

    @ Ducky, They can vote in person for free….


  6. - Mama - Monday, Jun 29, 20 @ 2:42 pm:

    “I wonder if someone will sue claiming that required postage constitutes a poll tax.”

    Anyone who would call a few cents for a stamp a poll tax would be laughed out of the room.


  7. - Tony - Monday, Jun 29, 20 @ 2:54 pm:

    At yet in national surveys Illinois always ranks right in the middle of voter turnout as a percentage of voting age population.


  8. - Rachel - Monday, Jun 29, 20 @ 3:18 pm:

    It cost me $1.40. Cheap at twice the price. I can see making it free for lower income voters but the state doesn’t need to get any further in the red for me. It’s a bargain as is.


  9. - h'okay - Monday, Jun 29, 20 @ 4:05 pm:

    you can also return your vote by mail ballot at your local clerk’s office even if you don’t have money for return postage, but do not want to vote in person.


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