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Mail-in ballots gain support in coronavirus crisis, but questions linger

Washington Examiner, March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

Mail-in ballots gain support in coronavirus crisis, but questions linger

Though supportive, some, such as University of California Irvine School of Law’s Rick Hasen and Center for Election Innovation & Research’s David Becker, warned of potential pitfalls such as the massive logistical and administrative undertaking of procuring equipment, training workers, and reporting results in a short amount of time. They predicted a shift in the electorate given the preferences of different demographics. Older people, for example, like casting ballots by mail while minority voters tend to take part in elections in person, they said. To counter the disenfranchisement threat, they both argue traditional polling stations would still need to be an option.