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.
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.