Voters say they’ll continue voting at home. Are we prepared?

  • In an MIT Election Lab survey, 81% of respondents who voted at home in 2020 say they’re “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to repeat.
  • In our polling, 70% of respondents who voted at home in 2020 say that voting at home is their preferred voting method.
  • Voters are also likely to continue voting early in-person. In our polling, 80% of respondents who voted early in-person in 2020 say it’s their preferred voting method.
  • Publicly support policies to retain last year’s expanded options for voting early and at home. Measures that allowed no-excuse absentee voting kept voters safe while reducing lines and operational challenges at polling places in 2020. Making these changes permanent would provide certainty and convenience for voters — and more consistent operating conditions for election officials.
  • Budget and plan for continued voting at home after the pandemic recedes. From staffing and vendor management to facilities and processing equipment, election administration will remain a critical area in need of investment. Policies may change, but voter intent is sure to stay high.
  • Debrief the 2020 experience to improve processes. Draw on feedback from voters, staff, and poll workers to understand what worked well and what could be improved. As an organization started by former election officials for election officials, NVAHI can provide resources to assist with operational planning and voter communication.

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The National Vote at Home Institute is a nonpartisan nonprofit focused on expanding and implementing vote at home and mail options in all 50 states.

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