The rules governing how mail-in voting works and how ballots can be rejected differ state by state. In a close election, this could prove pivotal to deciding who wins.
It's not just whether the US Postal Service can handle the load. In 2020 primaries, states have had trouble distributing, collecting and counting mailed-in ballots.
The mail-in voting process has several built-in safeguards that make it hard for one person to vote fraudulently, and even more difficult to commit large-scale voter fraud.
No, it's not the TV news networks. The American election certification process is a lot more complicated than that.
Oregon's experience shows that mail-in voting can be safe and secure, providing accurate and reliable results the public can be confident in.
Voting by mail is rarely subject to fraud, does not give an advantage to one political party over another and can in fact inspire public confidence in the voting process.
In many states, any voter can ask for an absentee ballot and mail it in – but in others, there are stricter rules about who can vote by mail.
Most states have rules that could preserve the integrity of an election while also allowing social distancing.
Co-opting internet-connected devices could disrupt transportation systems on Election Day, stymie political campaigns, or help make information warfare more credible.
With electronic voting and vote-counting machines susceptible to hacking, paper ballots ensure recounts are possible – and accurate.
Around the world, elections are under attack. U.S. officials could learn from other countries about how to ensure everyone's vote is recorded and counted accurately.
Though the effects were less this time, voters across the globe should remain vigilant against disinformation campaigns and election system hacking.
Protecting democracy requires more than just technical solutions. It includes education, critical thinking and members of society working together to agree on problems and find solutions.
The stability and integrity of democratic society are too important to be relegated to inherently flawed computer systems that are vulnerable to malfunctions and malicious attacks.
The U.S. is not the only country worried about foreign influence over its elections. Australia is concerned too, and taking steps Americans could learn from.
Ensuring the integrity of democratic elections from hackers and electronic tampering, and boosting public confidence in democracy, isn't very difficult, nor expensive.
Will 12 Russians indicted for hacking the 2016 US election ever come to trial? They may not, but the indictments themselves are an important step in the effort to determine the truth of what happened.
As millions in federal dollars flow to states to protect elections, what should the money help pay for?
The best way to protect elections is to plan and prepare for an audit of the results after the votes are cast.
Yes, votes are cast based on many factors. But a new survey and analysis suggests that belief in fake news could have been decisive during the 2016 election.