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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Top 3 Reasons to Vote by Mail in November and Beyond

 On the fence about voting by mailing? Due to the pandemic, the number of voters who vote by mail in this November’s election is likely to greatly exceed all previous elections. Personally, I’ve been voting by mail for the past three years and can’t imagine switching back to in-person voting. Read on to discover my Top 3 Reasons to Vote by Mail in November and Beyond.

A record nine states plus the District of Columbia are automatically sending all of their registered voters vote-by-mail ballots for the upcoming election. Those nine states are California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Vermont. 

If you aren’t registered to vote in any of those places and wish to vote by mail, you have to request a vote by mail ballot from your local elections office. However, seven states (Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas) require a reason beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to be able to vote by mail with specifics varying from state to state.

I ended my blog back in April, Top 5 Things to Remember When Making Political Donations, with the bonus tip of voting by mail.

Now, that topic is more timely than ever.

Without further adieu, here are my official Top 3 Reasons to Vote by Mail in November and Beyond:

1. It’s so much more convenient! You can vote from the comfort of your couch… with a mug of homemade pumpkin spice latte… if you want... that’s just what I’ll be doing. 

2. It decreases more stress than lavender. Ever been in the voting booth and not known who to vote for in down-ballot races that get little to no media attention?

*raises hand*

We’ve all been there. As I do, take immense solace in the fact that voting by mail is a completely open note test! With your smartphone, laptop, and/or tablet handy, you have all the info you need at your fingertips to elect the leaders that most closely align with your deeply held personal beliefs.

3. It will stop phone calls, texts, digital ads, etc. from campaigns. As soon as your county elections office receives your vote by mail ballot, a wonderful chain of events starts... campaigns stop including you in their outreach!

Prior to Charity Navigator, I worked on political campaigns, and I can attest that any campaign that’s worth its salt gets near-daily updates from elections offices appended into their outreach databases as to who recently voted early. Campaigns will strike you from their turnout and persuasion universes as your mind has already been made up, and it would be an incredible waste of their limited resources to keep communicating with you about voting.

That’s all I’ve got (for now).

Click here to go straight to your state’s vote by mail webpage for more information or to apply for a vote by mail ballot, if you want to and can.

*slowly raises homemade pumpkin spice latte in the air*

Cheers to making sure your voice is heard!

This post was contributed by Kyle Gardner, Charity Navigator’s Senior Development Manager. Kyle oversees annual campaigns and our monthly donor program, the Frequent Navigators. He is a political news junkie, enjoys all things basketball, and is a proud Kansas Jayhawk. Kyle is passionate about Charity Navigator because he believes that philanthropists of all sizes are truly incredible people and deserve independent resources like our charity ratings, giving tips, Hot Topics lists, impact information, and advisories.

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