Voting by Mail

We know the election process in any year can be confusing, yet this year poses unique barriers for every voter. During the pandemic, voting by mail will play a critical role in keeping people healthy while still giving them access to the voting process. That’s why we’re dedicating one whole week to ensure  your organization has all it needs to provide potential voters in your community with the tools to apply for and cast a ballot by mail. 

While you share options for voting, remember to keep information in plain language and that mail-in ballots are not accessible for everyone. 

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Templates
Email or Letter

Dear [Name of Recipient], 

Whether this will be your first time voting or you’re a long-time voter, COVID-19 makes voting this year a little more complicated. That’s why we want to share everything you need to know about voting by mail, and why it might be right for you this year. 

Voting by mail may be right for you if…

  • You are concerned about your health and the health of others amidst the pandemic
  • You do not require in-person assistance while casting a ballot
  • You are more comfortable reviewing and researching your ballot from home
  • You will not be at your home address where you’re registered to vote on Election Day
  • You have an address where you are able to receive mail

Requesting a mail-in ballot…

Some states have all vote-by mail elections while others require that you request a ballot. Look up and request your ballot at canivote.org.

Returning your ballot…

There are several options for returning your ballot once you have filled it out. 

  • Drop it in the mail. The USPS handles millions of letters and packages every day so handling thousands of ballots is just another day at the post office! 
  • Bring it to a ballot drop box to be picked up by the elections office. 
  • Drop it off at an early voting site or polling location. 

Whatever option you choose, you can learn how to track your ballot or where to drop it off at canivote.org.

Learn more about voting by mail here. If you are eligible to vote, we know you’ll choose the right option for you. 

Sincerely 

[Organization Signature]

Mobile Text Message

Hi, I’m [name] with [name of organization]. Have you considered voting by mail in the November 3 election? We recognize many people will be voting by mail for the first time this year. Learn more about your voting options at www.canivote.org.

Facebook

Thinking about voting by mail but aren’t  sure if it’s right for you? That’s okay, we can help!

Voting by mail may be right for you if…

  • You are concerned about your health and the health of others
  • You do not require in-person assistance
  • You are more comfortable reviewing and researching your ballot from home
  • You will not be at your home address on Election Day
  • You have an address where you are able to receive mail

Learn more about your options for voting by mail here: https://www.nass.org/can-i-vote/absentee-early-voting

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Twitter

Thinking about voting by mail but aren’t sure if it’s right for you? That’s okay, we can help!

Voting by mail may be right for you if…

Learn more about your options for voting by mail here: https://www.nass.org/can-i-vote/absentee-early-voting

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Webinar Chat

This is a great year to consider voting by mail! Whether you have in the past or are considering doing it for the first time, you can find everything you need to know here: https://www.nass.org/can-i-vote/absentee-early-voting


Tips

In an effort to get more people to participate in elections, organizations attempt to talk about how simple it is to vote. However, acknowledging the challenges and barriers that people may face can help potential voters feel supported. See Center for Civic Designs, “The Epic Journey for American Voters”.

Resources

Learn more about what people should consider when voting by mail

Tips for Supporting Voting By Mail – Link Here