“Permanent mail ballot delivery” is an enhancement to “no excuse absentee” voting that is good both for voters and for elections officials. Voters do not have to remember to sign up for a mailed out ballot, election after election, and always get a ballot in the mail as a nudge to say, “There is an election happening, pay attention.” Elections officials have their workload reduced since they do not have to process absentee requests election after election, year after year, often from the same people.
Fundamental element: Voters are able to designate their registration as “permanent mail ballot delivery” and from that point forward receive their ballots for all future elections by mail, unless they move out of state or opt-out later.
Building the permanent absentee list: Immediately after passage of the statute, voter registration forms should be changed to add a question whereby the voter can indicate they want to always receive a mailed-out ballot 2-3 weeks before every election.
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