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How Vote-at-Home Friendly is Your State?

All 50 states and the District of Columbia use mailed-out ballots, but their regulations and practices widely vary. Which states mail ballots automatically to all registered voters, and which allow any voter to request one? How easy is obtaining a ballot, and what return options exist? Can voters apply online for their mailed-out ballot, or must they submit a paper form? Can voters sign-up once to receive ballots for all future elections for which they're eligible, or must they apply for every election? These components, and more, influence voters' access to, trust in, and security of this essential voting method. We have identified and weighed 15 key criteria to answer these questions, plus more.


"This is an organization that is in a really unique position to be able to bring together people with different points of view on elections and voting and have the conversations that we need to have about access and security."

- Kim Wyman, former Washington Secretary of State and NVAHI Circle of Advisors co-chair
New Jersey
“2020 was the first year we sent a vote-by-mail ballot to all of our active registered voters and offered secure ballot drop boxes. National Vote at Home Institute was able to help us get in touch with vendors and other election officials who have already done this, as well as provide support with purchasing and installing drop boxes to ensure our voters could have access to safe ballot return options during the pandemic.

With Lori (Augino) at the helm, of the National Vote at Home Institute, state and local election officials can benefit by gaining is able to provide support from one of the most experienced vote-by-mail experts and election officials in the country.”

- Robert Giles, former Division of Elections Director, NJ Department of State
There were a number of individuals from National Vote at Home Institute who assisted us throughout the entire process [in 2020], from creating the PSAs to putting together our new web page and making sure the message about the importance of…staying at home safely and being able to vote got out.

- Julietta Henry, Director of Milwaukee County Elections
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