"Mailing it in" has been in practice since the 1860's, used widely during the Civil War and helped bring about a Lincoln presidency
Mail-in voting and past elections
Since 1996, #MailInVoting has increased in usage overtime, with over 20% of voters "mailing-it-in" the last presidential election
Overwhelming votes via mail-in ballot
How widely used is mail-in voting? Just take a look at 2016 where 97% of votes in Oregon and Washington were mail-in ballots
States that vote exclusively by mail-in ballot
Currently, 5 states use mail-in ballots exclusively for voting: Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Utah, and Hawaii
Voting absentee during coronavirus
With COVID-19 still prevalent across the U.S., a majority of states now allow their voters to claim the pandemic as a reason to vote absentee.
Where are *you* voting this year?
While President Trump continues to question the accuracy and safety of mail-in voting, cases of voter fraud are actually quite rare
According to the Heritage Foundation, since 1998, there have only been 210 cases of absentee fraud in all 50 states
Absentee votes accepted in 2016
An overwhelming amount of voters used absentee voting the last presidential election -- a majority of which were accepted.
Missing the deadline
While more Americans are likely to use mail-in voting for the 2020 election than prior years, voters could face a learning curve in voting and ensuring their ballot arrives in time to be counted.
The most common reason for a ballot being rejected? Missing the deadline to submit
Rise in voter turnout
An unlikely benefit from mail-in voting: Surges in voter turnout
The U.S. election commission found universal voting by mail increased participation by 2%
A look at the 2016 election showed states with exclusive mail-in ballots had higher voter turnout than the national average