How is voting by mail effective compared to voting in person? Who benefits from voting by mail?
- Weasel McWeaselLv 78 months ago
Well, for OVERSEAS voters , like myself..........it's NOT effective , at all.
In fact, overseas ballots are often thrown directly into the trash.
In the 2000 squeaker, when both sides went scrounging around for extra ballots....they LITERALLY found Sacks of overseas ballots in the TRASH.
That's about the only time overseas ballots count for anything......when it's an absolute DEAD HEAT,.
- Tmess2Lv 78 months ago
It is easier to vote by mail for everyone. You don't have to set aside a specific time to vote; you don't have to wait in long lines; etc. And with fewer people voting on election days, it takes less staff to work the polling places. (Of course, you need additional staff processing the mail, but that will be fewer staff than at the polling places because you will not have "dead time" when only a handful of people are coming in to vote.)
The problem with vote by mail is the risk of voting fraud. In the U.S., almost all voting fraud is associated with mail-in ballots. Every state has different rules designed to assure that only the actual voter casts a mail-in ballot, and, while some do a better job than others, the ultimate problem is the lack of a failproof way to prevent voter fraud.
- SallyLv 78 months ago
American voters benefit. They vote by mail in Oregon, and there is never a problem with waiting in long lines, having to take time off work to vote, broken or rigged voting machines, etc.
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 78 months ago
Well, for one thing, it's cheaper than opening polling places and paying people to run them. They can open the envelopes and feed the ballots into a counting machine with hardly any manpower at all, which is not just cheaper but safer (against polling crimes like ballot-box stuffing). Everyone gets the same chance to vote, which is also better than having blocks-long lines in Democratic districts to discourage people from voting, or machines that don't count votes reliably, like in Florida in 2000.
In my state, you had to give a good excuse to vote by mail, like you were going to be away on vacation that day, or you had a physical disability that made it hard to get to the polls. But after the touch-screen voting machines were installed, and found to be unreliable and crooked, they mailed a letter to everyone in the state allowing them to sign up to vote by mail from now on, indefinitely, if they wanted to.
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- Barkley HoundLv 78 months ago
I have voted by mail for over 20 years. Ever since California allowed anyone to request it. This year my county announced that all voting will be by mail now. It saves a lot of money by not needing voting machines, staff, and precincts. There is also a paper trail.
- Pearl LLv 78 months ago
some people might be disabled and cant get out that easily
- yogicskierLv 78 months ago
Who benefits? The elderly. The poor. Shut-ins. Rural people.
- ElisabethLv 58 months ago
It is just as effective.
You benefit from it if it saves you from traveling, or if you are unable to vote on Election Day.
- pearlmarLv 78 months ago
You vote counts the same as if you voted in person.
We vote by mail because we are almost 90 years old.