The League of Women Voters of the U.S. published this essay on reasons to trust vote by mail. It was written by the co-president of the LWV of Johnson County, Kansas. Below are summaries of her five reasons. Click here to read the whole article.
Americans have voted by mail since the Civil War! (And all Oregon elections have been by mail since 1999.)
It is difficult for someone to vote another person’s ballot. Every signature is checked to make sure it matches the signature of a registered voter.
The mailing, delivery, processing and counting of mail-in ballots are protected by security measures.
Vote-by-mail does not favor any party over another. Research has shown that making voting easier helps all voters.
Research shows that voter fraud is very rare.
Watch our video showing all the ways we protect mail-in voting in Oregon.
Look for voting information on Vote411.org and on this website. The League is preparing to help you choose Portland’s next City Commissioner for Position 2. Two candidates, Dan Ryan and Loretta Smith, are running to fill this vacant seat. To help you compare them, we held a debate. You will find the video of the debate posted on Vote411.org OR click here for our August 11 Special Election page under Vote. In addition, both websites will show the candidates’ written answers to six questions about current city issues. The video and candidates’ answers are available on demand from July 22 through Election Day.
Vote July 23 through Election Day, Tuesday, August 11.
Ballots were mailed to Portland voters beginning on Wednesday July 22. To vote in this special election, voters must register by July 21. The last day to mail your ballot is Thursday, August 6. However, you can drop your ballot off at an official drop site up until 8 pm on August 11.
Click the play arrow below to view a video about the ways we are still offering plenty of Primary Election information to Multnomah County voters. Even before the pandemic, we knew that we – and voters like you – were facing a challenge. More than twice as many candidates than usual are running. We offer videos of candidate interviews and a Secretary of State debate, and printed and online voters’ guides, in English and Spanish. To learn more, see our Voters’ Guide page and take a look at our video.
During this COVID-19 emergency, voters should be prepared to avoid voting in person. Fortunately we have Vote-by-Mail in Oregon, so you don’t have to stand in line! Please remember to register early or update your registration as soon as you can. The deadline to register to vote is April 28. For more information about registering to vote in Multnomah County, click here.
During the COVID-19 crisis, the League of Women Voters will be providing online information about candidates and measures via Vote411.org and on this website.
We will produce printed voters’ guides and distribute them widely throughout the county. In addition, we will produce and post online video recordings of candidate interviews for a Video Voters’ Guide. Stay tuned!
The Book Talk was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Portland and the League of Women Voters of Oregon.
About the Book
Told through the stories of those working on voting rights reforms, this book includes chapters on expanding voter eligibility, easing voter registration rules, making voting more convenient, giving redistricting back to the voters, pushing back on big money through local and state efforts, making the system more accountable, and improving civics education.
Thoroughly researched, this book gives anyone fed up with our current politics the ideas and tools necessary to affect change in their own communities.
About the Author
Joshua A. Douglas is a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law. His most recent work focuses on the constitutional right to vote. He has also written extensively on election law procedure.