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What is Vote-at-home (VAH)?

In a vote-at-home elections system, voters are automatically mailed their ballots several weeks before an election — enabling them to vote from the safety and convenience of their homes — and are provided multiple ways to easily return their ballot. Voters also receive electronic notifications from their elections office as to the whereabouts and status of their ballots, and instructions on how to quickly and easily correct any issues. 

During the 2020 election, 40% of all voters received and voted their ballots this way, and turnout was the highest it has been in over 120 years. A recent study of mail-ballot use and voter participation found that turnout increased an average of 5.6% during the 2020 presidential election in states that mailed a ballot to every registered voter. The effects of mail-ballot delivery were even greater in jurisdictions with historically low mail-ballot usage, boosting turnout by as much as 8%.

Benefits of VAH

VAH Myths

NVAHI Launches State by State Dashboard

Learn more about your state’s vote-at-home policies by using our interactive dashboard.

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