Other states including Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Indiana have encouraged voters to use mail-in ballots for the upcoming primary elections. These changes come in the wake of Wisconsin’s primary election where voters were forced to stand in long lines to cast their votes in person, but many also mailed in ballots.
Why is it important?
Five states already conduct elections entirely by mail: Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Utah according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
California’s move to mail in ballots is a step in the right direction to prepare for the fast-approaching presidential election with respect to COVID-19. Still, more is needed in terms of funding and election preparedness to make the switch – for example, ballot printers across the country have increased production in anticipation of the heightened need.