As part of this week’s Future Of series, today we’ll be talking a bit about the future of voting. (Read Monday's about the future of transportation here).
You may have seen the photos by now: the voters with masks on waiting in a long line to vote in Wisconsin’s primary last week. What you haven’t seen are people not photographed — those who were unwilling to risk voting and possibly contracting a deadly virus. So, they stayed home. The New York Times put it well: voters must choose between their health and their civic duty.
The coronavirus is shaping the 2020 election in profound ways. Already, 16 states have postponed their primaries, the Democratic National Convention has been pushed back to August, and holding large-scale campaign events is impossible. Now, there’s a growing talk, especially among Democrats, of transitioning to a mail-in system of voting. Already, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington conduct elections by mail. While President Donald Trump has already fired back (aka tweeted) against this idea, claiming it would lead to fraud, there’s no evidence of this.
Yet, as an article in Vox notes, “There are some voters, such as Native Americans without easy access to the postal service and people experiencing homelessness, who may struggle to vote if a mail-in ballot is their only option,” so it’s important to also have polls open.
The Brennan Center has shared a list of other key ways to secure voting rights during the coronavirus, from expanding online registration, to creating more “voter drop boxes” in inaccessible locations. Of course, these options will also expand voting rights, even if the coronavirus wasn’t reshaping the election. In the longer term, there are more ways to ensure voting is protected, like ending gerrymandering, restoring the Voting Rights Act, and restoring the right to vote to those formerly incarcerated.
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