Mailed Ballots Boosted 2020’s Voter Turnout — Will It Work in 2022?

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. States that mailed a ballot to every registered voter in 2020’s presidential election saw voter turnout increase by an average of 5.6 percent, and turnout was even higher among infrequent voters, according to the first peer-reviewed academic study of 2020 mail voting. The turnout increase was slightly larger than previous studies of mail-based voting conducted before 2020’s election, where 71 million-plus voters, including voters in swing states, turned to mailed-out ballots in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Less convenient versions of mail-based voting, such as local…

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