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  • WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING MORE ABSENTEE VOTING MAY 13, 2020

  • SPEAKERS

    Amber McReynolds, Vote at Home

    Mark Braden, BakerHostetler

    Chairman Ben Hovland, U.S. Election Assistance Commission

  • HOUSEKEEPING

     Resources are in the tab above the slides—download anytime

     Bios for our fabulous speakers are in another tab—get in touch anytime

     Put questions in the chat box (lower left)

     Also technical issues can go in the chat box or email Brian.Hinkle@ncsl.org

     We’ll save questions for the end

     Stay on the line for a short survey afterward

  • Delivering & Strengthening Democracy

    Amber McReynolds | CEO National Vote at Home Institute @VoteAtHome | VoteAtHome.org @AmberMcReynolds

  • The time to act is now

    Ensure every voter can vote in a safe, secure, accessible, & equitable way

    Decisive & immediate action

    Political leadership & will

  • We are unique in our work to….

    Advise Advise Governors & top officials on the high-level strategy & plan.

    Provide Provide guidance to policymakers on how best to structure laws & regulations.

    Train Train election officials & advise on best practices.

    Support Support states with implementation.

  • Step 1: Excuse required

    Step 2: Excuse required with age waiver

    Step 3: No excuse required

    Step 4: No Excuse, permanent mail

    ballot option

    Step 5: Vote at Home

    Transitioning from step 1 or 2 to 3

    Vote at Home Status by State – May 2020 (does not reflect what appears to be temporary COVID-19 policy)

    States with blended policies in the Step 3 – 4 – 5 range.

    UT 100% VAH in 2019 HI 100% in 2020 CA changing for Nov. 2020. Could drop back to transitioning to 5 after.

    NE has 11 counties on 100% VAH for 2020

    ND has 30 counties using 100% mailed-out ballot voting

    OH sends absentee request forms to all 8M voters, for some elections

    MI, MN & PA have a permanent absentee list, but periodically send request forms, not ballots, to voters

    AL, KS, & WI offer permanent absentee status to voters with disabilities

    DC offers Step 4 to its voters

  • We need your help to continue, and to accelerate, this trend to more Americans voting other than on Election Day

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    1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018

    Percentage of US electorate versus choice of voting method

    Election Day Mail/absentee Early, in person

    Sources: 1992-2016:: MIT Election Lab. 2018: PEW Research

  • 53% 50%

    47% 46% 45% 43%

    40% 39% 38% 38% 36% 35%

    33% 31% 30% 29% 29% 28% 28%

    26% 26% 26% 25% 24% 23% 23%

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    CO WA WI CA NH AZ VT NE WY UT MA MI AL NC FL OK MS AK AR MN ID IL TX TN OH MO

    2020 Primary Turnout* as of 5/13

    *Percentage of state-reported active registered voters. SC & VA not included since they do not capture party affiliation and were only running a D primary. So there is no way to determine the denominator.

    ~100% Vote at Home >66% Vote by mailed-out ballot Predominately polling place

    Note: CO denominator adjusted from state data to just include “active” registered voters, as is used in all other states reporting

  • The higher the use of mailed-out ballots, the lower the gap for disabled voter participation

  • This is not easy….

     We have suggested creative ways for states to scale:  Centralize outbound mail ballot process  One vendor for the entire state in a coordinated

    way  Georgia  Maryland

     Centralize inbound mail ballot process  Central or regional processing centers  Reduces amount of equipment needed  Increases transparency  Mitigates risks with human resources in so many

    counties

  • Resources:

    • Reference Library • Strategy Plan • Timeline – produced by CISA • Center for Civic Design’s Toolkit • Myths • Equity brief • 50 State Policy Plan – To be Released 5/13/2020

    https://www.voteathome.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/NVAHI-Reference-Library.pdf https://www.voteathome.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/VAHScale_StrategyPlan.pdf https://www.voteathome.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/VBMProjectTimeline.pdf https://civicdesign.org/tool-kit-for-scaling-up-vbm/ https://www.voteathome.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Mail-Ballot-Security-Processes-FAQ.pdf https://www.voteathome.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Safeguards-for-Equity-in-the-VAH-Model.pdf

  • Mark Braden

    • Of Counsel, BakerHostetler • Former Chief Counsel for the

    Republican National Committee

  • Ben Hovland, Chairman

    The U.S. Elect ion Assistance Commission and COVID-19 Response

  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission | www.eac.gov

    EAC Resources

    Virtual Public Hearing - Election Response to COVID-19: Administering Elections During the Coronavirus Crisis • Addressed expanded absentee/by mail

    voting and considerations for in-person voting

    EAC.gov/coronavirus • Absentee and mail voting resources • Manufacturer cleaning guidance for

    election equipment • 2020 CARES Act grant funding • using HAVA funds for COVID-19 response • poll worker resources

  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission | www.eac.gov

    EAC Video Series

    • Features interviews with state and local election officials, representatives from federal agencies, and other experts.

    Topics include: • Planning For Increased Vote By Mail Capacity • Improving Communications for Increased

    Voting by Mail/Absentee Voting • Handling Increased Absentee and Mail

    Voting at the County Level • Handling Absentee Ballot Requests for

    Increased Voting by Mail • Emergency Election Laws and COVID-19

  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission | www.eac.gov

    COVID-19 Working Group Resources

    Elections Infrastructure GCC/SCC Joint COVID Working Group • Documents provide guidance for

    state, local, tribal, and territorial election officials on how to administer and secure election infrastructure in light of the COVID- 19 epidemic

    • All products were developed in coordination with election officials, non-profits, and the private sector, and were approved by the executive committees of the GCC and SCC.

    Documents include: • Vote By Mail/Absentee Voting Timeline • The Importance of Accurate Voter Data When

    Expanding Absentee or Mail Ballot Voting • Helping Voters to Request a Mail-in Ballot • Managing an Increase in Outbound Ballots • The Inbound Ballot Process • Election Education and Outreach for Increased

    Absentee or Mail Voting • Electronic Ballot Delivery and Marking • Ballot Drop Boxes • Signature Verification and Cure Process

    Coming Soon • Finding Voting Locations and Poll Workers • Health and Safety at the Polling Place • Modifying the Scale of In-Person Voting • Innovative Practices and New Solutions

  • HAWAII

    NEW JERSEY CONNECTICUT

    WASHINGTON

    MONTANA NORTH DAKOTA MINNESOTAOREGON

    IDAHO

    WYOMING

    NEBRASKA

    SOUTH DAKOTA WISCONSIN MICHIGAN

    VERMONT MAINE

    NEW HAMPSHIRE MASSACHUSETTS

    RHODE ISLAND

    CALIFORNIA

    NEVADA

    UTAH

    COLORADO

    KANSAS

    IOWA

    ILLINOIS

    MISSOURI

    ARKANSAS TENNESSEE

    KENTUCKY

    INDIANA

    OHIO PENNSYLVANIA

    ARIZONA NEW MEXICO

    TEXAS LOUISIANA

    MISSISSIPPI

    OKLAHOMA

    GEORGIA ALABAMA

    FLORIDA

    SOUTH CAROLINA

    NORTH CAROLINA

    VIRGINIA

    WEST VIRGINIA MARYLAND

    DELAWARE

    ■ $3.0m ■ $3.1m-9.9m ■ $10m-$19.9m ■ $20m-$36.3m

    Supplemental federal share of HAVA funding in the CARES Act, by state

    The CARES Act allocates $400 million in new HAVA funds, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 for the 2020 federal election cycle.

    MD - $7.4m

    MA - $8.3m

    RI - $3.0m

    CT - $5.4m

    DC - $3.0m

    DE - $3.0m

    NJ - $10.3m

    $8.3m

    $5.6m

    $36.3m

    4.5m

    $3.9m

    $4.3m $6.7m

    $7.8m

    $3.3m

    $3.0m

    $3.0m

    $3.0m

    $4.6m

    $3.4m

    $3.0m

    $3.0m

    ALASKA

    $3.7m

    $5.5m

    $24.4m

    $6.9m

    $4.8m

    $4.7m

    $7.6m

    $6.2m

    $4.7m $6.5m

    $10.8m

    $20.2m

    $6.3m

    $10.9m $7.9m

    $6.1m

    $7.3m

    $13.9m $8.0m

    $12.8m

    $11.2m

    $3.8m

    $14.2m

    $3.3m

    $9.5m

    $3.0m

    VT - $3.0m

    NH - $3.3m

    2020 CARES Act Election Funds

    Sources: US Election Assistance Commission.

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  • UPCOMING EVENTS IN THIS SERIES

    May 20: Moving to All-Mail Elections: Promises and Challenges

    May 27: Let’s Talk About Voting Outside the Polling Place (on Zoom)

    Register here https://www.ncsl.org/r

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