Vote at home puts voters’ needs and convenience first

Vote at home empowers voters, letting them decide when, how and where they vote. They don’t have to take time off work, drive to a polling place or stand in long lines. In full vote-at-home systems, all voters receive their ballots by mail automatically and choose how to cast their vote - by return mail, by bringing it to a secure drop-off location, or by voting in-person at a staffed vote center.  

The flexibility to vote the way you want equally serves everyone from seniors and disabled voters, who might have trouble getting to the polls, to rural voters a long way from one, to a single parent working two jobs, a busy family, sick kids, or someone with an unexpected business trip.

Vote at home ensures the security of election results

A vote-at-home system primarily relies on paper ballots, which is more secure and leaves a paper trail that helps ensure the security of our elections. The cat-and-mouse game between hackers and election security experts can be won by trusting time-tested paper ballots, with built-in checks and balances, for most voters.

Vote at home has a proven track record and it saves money

Vote at home builds on the long-trusted and well-ingrained absentee voting process. It mails ballots to all voters and adds layers of checks and balances to ensure the integrity of elections. Despite this extra security, jurisdictions that use vote-at-home systems experience significant cost savings. Vote at home has wide acceptance in red, blue and purple states, with strong advocates on both sides of the aisle. In the 2018 midterms, a full 69% of ALL votes cast in the West were from mailed-out ballots.

WHY THIS MATTERS Who do we help?

  • 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.

Testimonials What the experts say about Vote at Home

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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