Why vote-by-mail has become a political battleground

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An Alameda County ballot. With the coronavirus still spreading, more states could look to vote-by-mail for the November election. Credit: Dianne Yee (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Come November, every registered California voter will be able to vote by mail. But the process has been politicized; Republicans — including President Trump — are opposed. Trump said last month that voting by mail is rife with fraud — and that Republicans would never win another election if voting isexpanded. Both claims are unfounded

But with the coronavirus still spreading,more states could look to vote-by-mail for the November election, which means more political fights over the issue could be inevitable. 

Credits

Guest:
Gilda Daniels - University of Baltimore School of Law; author of “Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America”

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin, Kathryn Barnes