Supporting Federal Vote by Mail

The first steps for the Vote By Mail Act of 2016

Let’s talk about all-mail voting.

If you live outside Washington, Oregon, or Colorado, you are missing out, among many other things, on all-mail voting. All elections in these states are held solely by mail and require little more than walking your ballot to a dropbox or mailbox.

Here was my election day: I walked past the nearest dropbox on my way to lunch, greeted the monitors, dropped off my ballot, and high-fived a stranger as I continued on my way.

There was no line, no time off work, no voter intimidation, and I had plenty of time to review my ballot thoroughly.

Voting by mail lowers the personal cost of voting, but the total cost of the election is also significantly lowered.

Estimates by election officials find [vote by mail] elections to cost between one-third and one-half the amount of a normal election.

In addition to these cost savings, vote by mail elections are also found to increase turnout by 10%.

Sounds all gravy, huh? Well, it is, and your state can have this too! Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Earl Blumenauer, both of Oregon, introduced bills that are still under review by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. If you or someone you know is a constituent of one of the committee members, you can call or email to ask them to report on this bill so that it can pass on to the house. You can check if one of your senators is on the committee here:

There are two identical bills awaiting reporting from this committee: S. 3214: Vote By Mail Act of 2016 and H.R. 5819: Vote By Mail Act of 2016.

If you are a constituent of one of these committee members, call or email them and ask them to report in favor of the bills.