Checking In On the 8 States That Just Expanded Voting by Mail

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With two-thirds of Americans supporting an expansion of voting by mail this election year, it’s great to see election boards move swiftly to accommodate the surging interest in voting safely from home.

34 states already allow their voters to vote absentee if they choose to do so, but there are 16 that require a “valid excuse.” As voters and activists push to make sure every voter can vote safely during the pandemic, some states have responded well.

The following states have temporarily changed their absentee/voting by mail rules to accommodate the pandemic:

Delaware – Updated instructions for requesting your absentee ballot can be found HERE. Your primary is on June 2.

Indiana – Updated instructions for requesting your absentee ballot can be found HERE. Your primary is on June 2.

Kentucky – The switch to allowing all voters to have access to absentee voting for the general election is in progress. The announcement can be found HERE. Your primary is on June 23.

Massachusetts – The switch to allowing all voters to have access to absentee voting for the general election is in progress. The announcement can be found HERE.

New Hampshire – The switch to allowing all voters to have access to absentee voting for the general election is in progress. The announcement can be found HERE.

New York – The switch to allowing all voters to have access to absentee voting for the general election is in progress. The announcement can be found HERE.

Texas – What’s happening in Texas is moving in the right direction, but still muddy. There is a legal ruling expected shortly to clarify that all registered voters in Texas will be allowed to vote by mail in both the July runoff and November general elections. See HERE for more info.

West Virginia – Updated instructions for requesting your absentee ballot can be found HERE. Your primary is on June 9.

Unfortunately, there are states who have not yet made these important changes to their voting rules since COVID-19 hit the country: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, and Tennessee. That said, there is still time and this information could change. Stay alert.

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