A secure and time-tested way to put voters first
Voters get their ballot delivered to them weeks before Election Day, fill it out at their convenience, then return it either in-person or by mail. The system has proven to be highly secure, and engages more voters, while significantly lowering costs.
- Voters Vote at home is designed for convenience and security. Voters receive their ballot in the mail and choose how to cast their vote. There's no need to take time off, travel to a polling place to stand in line, or feel rushed in making important voting decisions.
- Policymakers Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, from red, blue and purple states, recognize vote at home is a common-sense policy. It's a cost-efficient way to secure elections and increase the public's confidence in government and the election process.
- Election officials Vote at home is the most secure, cost-efficient and convenient way to hold elections. Of course, all states have some vote-at-home provisions, which build on the long-trusted absentee voting option. But many need to step up to a better, more thorough voter-centric approach. Since 2000, one quarter of a billion mailed-out ballots have been cast nationally without significant issues.
- Vote at Home Reference Library A complete list of links to all the primary research, best practices guides and media coverage you'll ever want.
- Vote at home protects elections The Denver Post “We’d love to continue to use [Colorado] as an example of what other states can adopt,” said Kristjen Nielsen, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Colorado has the most comprehensive vote-at-home system in the U.S. and is recognized as a national leader in safeguarding elections.
- Voting at home = voter convenience Election Law Journal The two states with the most comprehensive vote-at-home systems are the most convenient in the nation for voters, according to research published by the Election Law Journal.
- Hack-proof system of paper ballots New York Times "The assertion that voting machines or systems can’t be hacked by remote attackers because they are ‘not connected to the internet’ is not just wrong, it’s damaging. This myth instills a false sense of security that is inhibiting officials and lawmakers from urgently requiring that all voting systems use paper ballots," said Susan Greenhalgh of the National Election Defense Coalition.
- More time to make important decisions Lincoln Journal Star "It's a convenience for our voters when they have the ballots before the election to have time to look at them and look at the candidates and issues before they make a choice," said Cheryl Feist, county clerk of Dawes County, Nebraska.
A terrific summary of the policies leading to higher voter engagement, with Vote at Home one of the keys to turnout.
NVAHI Chair Phil Keisling and Executive Director Amber McReynolds describe how we got here, and how we move forward. An ideal primer on the topic.
The “go to source” for research, best practices and media coverage of mailed-ballot delivery systems.
Turnout was about 33% of registered voters, versus the normal 10% for a local school bond.
Amber describes the problems of over regulating, versus simply taking away the conditions fraudsters can exploit.
The article covers the opportunity Florida has to put its checkered reputation in the past, by moving to VAH.
Vote at Home’s Amber McReynolds describes the five flaws in North Carolina’s system that opened the door to election fraud, and how to keep it from happening again.
NVAHI ED Amber McReynolds and other national experts are interviewed in this piece covering Florida’s problems, and how proper use of mailed ballots may help solve them.
Powerful and diverse, this bipartisan and non-partisan group comes together to drive election reform.
As California counties roll-out SB 450, having Orange County – with more people than 20 US states – choose to go to mailed-out ballots is a major step.
Deseret News (Utah) – a joint Op-Ed by all the Utah County Clerks describing what they do to secure their mailed-ballot elections.
The count is now up to 11 counties approved for 2020, with more considering the move. Some that previously switched report doubling turnout.
In this article focusing on making Election Day a national holiday, USA Today calls out the higher turnout in the three VAH states (CO, OR, WA).
This NVAHI developed report reviews the detailed election laws and practices that govern vote by mail across all 50 states. This is the definitive reference source, which will be updated annually.
The 38-page report, with 55 links to primary data sources, serves as both a primer and roadmap for those considering removing barriers to voting by making mailed ballots more accessible.
In 2022, fewer than 50% of voters will cast their ballot in a traditional polling booth on Election Day
The trend to Vote at Home, plus early-in-person voting, means the “standard” view of voting needs to change.
This email (distributed to the NVAHI database) outlines the remarkable VAH progress made across the country in 2018. With 70 links to original source material, it serves as a valuable reference document, too.
Following her acceptance of a Public Official of the Year award in Washington D.C., NVAHI Executive Director McReynolds sat down on set with Tetiana Anderson to discuss how making balloting voter-centric strengthens our democracy.
That’s a new US record for ANY election. A full 69% of voters in the West cast their ballots that way vs. just 8% in the Northeast.
Automatic voter registration gets more voters (especially younger voters) authorized to vote. Then, Vote at Home gets them to actually cast their ballot.
Oregon is leading the way with automatic and online registration driving down the number of unregistered voters, while vote at home gets those voters voting.
That’s the difference between the midterm turnout rate of the voting eligible population (VEP) in the three 100% “Vote at Home” states (CO, OR, WA) using that time-tested, secure way to vote, versus the percentage for the rest of the country.
Wide variations among the 50 states when it comes to the ease of casting a ballot are impacting civic participation in the United States, a 2018 study shows.
This opinion piece, by Prof. Josh Douglas of the University of Kentucky Law School, pulls together various elections reforms, including Vote at Home, being pushed by individual citizens.
National Vote at Home Institute Chair Phil Keisling and (the late) Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson outline how vote at home helps ensure secure, convenient elections in the state.
Vote by mail has several benefits including cost savings as there is less need for polling places or election workers, and it eliminates the need for upgrades to voting machines. Vote at home is also safe from software hacks that could affect the outcome of elections.
Poll workers can be the difference between a smooth election and long lines, mass confusion and miscounted ballots. But poll workers are older and becoming scarcer. Vote at home reduces the need for poll workers and polling stations, while increasing voter convenience.
The state’s General Assembly established an Election Equipment Selection Task Force charged with exploring new voting systems. But the task force chose to only to review machines, missing one of the best alternatives that can help ensure security in our elections: the paper ballot.
Election authorities across the United States are taking steps to make sure that balloting is secure and free of foreign influence. Although some jurisdictions have opted for electronic voting machines, fears about vulnerabilities are turning eyes back to paper ballots.
Vote by mail cuts costs and has ballot-security aspects that should reassure the public, report the state’s election officials. Read more from the Omaha World-Herald.
Simply because electronic voting machines and voting systems aren’t connected to the internet doesn’t mean they aren’t vulnerable to attack. Time-tested paper ballots are the surest way to secure our elections.
Recent experiments in Alaska and Nebraska show vote by mail dramatically increases voter convenience, ensures the security of elections, and saves states and localities money.
Utah’s efforts have boosted participation among Millennials and other groups less likely to vote in the past, according to new research released before the state’s 2018 primary election.
A vote-at-home system for the entire state would eliminate voters’ concerns over when, where and how they will vote. The convenience of vote at home ensures even those who aren’t physically able to get to a polling place – for health reasons or otherwise – can easily cast a ballot.
After digging into the research, New York Times columnist David Leonhardt concludes that vote at home “eliminates hurdles, like long lines at polling places and logistical difficulties of voting on a workday. (As a bonus, it usually saves money.)”
The city council of Rockville, Md., voted to move its city elections to a vote-by-mail format, meaning voters will receive their ballots by mail starting with the November 2019 election.
Kauai County will transition to a vote-at-home system for the 2020 election. Many hope the convenience and cost-savings will encourage the rest of the state to adopt a comprehensive vote-at-home system.
Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska county officials pushing for all-mail elections after successful test
Garden County, Neb., was the first in the state to conduct a countywide all-mail election after receiving approval from Secretary of State John Gale to move forward with a pilot project.
The success in Alaska’s largest city leaves election officials looking for ways to expand vote at home to the rest of the state.
The state’s comprehensive vote-by-mail system has increased security with layers of additional checks and balances. Vote at home has also increased confidence in the electoral process.
National Vote at Home Institute Executive Director Amber McReynolds explains how vote at home has benefited Colorado voters.
Vote at Home’s best practices for on how to write and implement legislation for legislators and activists who want to move from step 3, no excuse required to step 4, permanent mail ballots.
In seven years managing elections in Denver, Amber McReynolds used technology and common sense to improve security and lower costs. Now she is working to spread the vote at home model nationwide.
National Vote at Home Institute Executive Director Amber McReynolds is interviewed on Background Briefing with Ian Masters, a national news program focused on American politics and foreign policy.
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