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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.


"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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