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Should Mail-In ballots be banned in the 2020 US Elections? Show more Show less
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In 2018, 25% of Americans who voted, voted by mail. In 2020, these numbers are projected to be even higher with the Covid-19 pandemic still raging in the US. But the use of mail ballots in the November 2020 presidential election has become a point of contestation. President Trump has argued on Twitter that mail in ballots should not be used in the presidential election. Others claim mail-in voting is secure and increases turn-out and fear Trump's position is part of a longer game to discredit the election results.

Yes, mail-in ballots should be banned in the 2020 US Elections. Show more Show less

Current President Donald Trump and his followers have openly advocated for the banning of mail in ballots in the 2020 elections for a variety of (unsubstantiated) reasons.
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Mail-in voting is too expensive and unwieldy

At least half of US states do not have solid mail-in voting infrastructure set up. Converting to this new system will be expensive and difficult. Especially due to the amount of people projected to vote-by-mail this year, this could be a disaster.

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Mail-in ballots should be banned as they would impose added expenses and hassles to the voting process for both citizens and the government. Both state and federal governments would incur a plethora of new expenses for a switch to mail-in ballots. Ballots and corresponding instruction sheets would need to be mass printed for each eligible voter. In addition, each ballot would need an envelope and stamp for transportation. Lastly, and most importantly, delivering the ballots to every eligible voter would add even more expenses. The costs of paper, ink, labor, postage, and delivery fees would amass to an unreasonable amount for governments. [1] On the other end of the process, citizens would have new expenses with the adoption of mail-in ballots. Buying stamps, organizing paperwork, and navigating through the U.S. Postal Service adds even more impediments to an already cumbersome voting process. [2] Perhaps the most significant pitfall of a mail-in ballot system is the unwieldy logistic difficulties it would cause. Very few states have the postal capacity to handle the overwhelming number of ballots in a timely manner. On top of that, mail-in ballots would need to be counted, calling for added expenses of manual labor or high tech ballot scanners. There are many errors that would happen randomly, adding to the massive hassle of mail-in ballots. [1] The U.S. Government should ban the use of mail-in ballots for the 2020 election for the added expenses and burdens they constitute.

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Supporters of mail-in ballots would contend mail-in voting saves money as the government could avoid the fees related to operating polling sites. Polling sites require training and employing countless workers to regulate order and accuracy at voting stations. Mail-in ballots would save even more for citizens as they would not need to leave work, preventing the potential loss of money from time spent voting. Furthermore, in-person polling sites have additional covert costs such as transportation, time, and carbon emissions from citizens attending the polling sites themselves.[3]

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  1. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/few-states-are-prepared-to-switch-to-voting-by-mail-that-could-make-for-a-messy-election/
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/cost-hassle-of-stamps-questioned-as-mail-in-voting-surges/2020/07/18/6a006f5e-c958-11ea-a825-8722004e4150_story.html
  3. https://www.parlia.com/a/mail-in-voting-is-not-expensive

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