An increasingly acrimonious political battle is taking place around the proposition that the United States needs widely instituted vote-by-mail options for its electorate in November 2020. This divide is becoming more pronounced even as the idea gains traction with increasing numbers of citizens who are worried about having to choose between safeguarding their health and exercising their right to vote.

Here’s what you need to know about the controversy, particularly how it has been playing out to in Wisconsin:

Vote-By-Mail and Democrats

Amidst well-founded fears of contagion of the still-spreading coronavirus, Democrats across the country have come out strong to push for alternatives to in-person voting. They have pointed out that voting by mail is the only foreseeable way to safeguard voters — particularly people who are older, those in African American communities, and others in vulnerable groups — from contracting the potentially deadly COVID-19. …

The non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice, named for the late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court William J. Brennan, offers information and links to resources for taking positive action on voting rights issues.

This election year, the Brennan Center has focused special attention on lending its strong support to the vote-by-mail option, calling it “necessary” for the preservation of voting rights and American democracy. Here’s what you need to know about it:

Vote-by-mail has broad support.

The practice of issuing absentee ballots was initiated during the Civil War to benefit both Union and Confederate soldiers. …

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