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A King County, Washington election worker verifies signatures accompanying ballots cast in the state’s August primary. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Timing, signatures and huge demand make mail-in voting difficult

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.
Election workers are part of the protections ensuring that mail-in ballots aren’t fraudulent. Will Cioci/Wisconsin Watch via AP

6 ways mail-in ballots are protected from fraud

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.
With rare exceptions, like the 2000 presidential election, the winning candidate usually declares victory on election night. But the win isn’t actually certified until January. ranklin McMahon/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

Who formally declares the winner of the US presidential election?

No, it's not the TV news networks. The American election certification process is a lot more complicated than that.
Wisconsin voters had to wait in line in April, wearing masks, because they could not vote by mail. Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

Some states more ready for mail-in voting than others

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.
Elements of smart homes, including thermostats, may be vulnerable to hackers. Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

‘Internet of things’ could be an unseen threat to elections

Co-opting internet-connected devices could disrupt transportation systems on Election Day, stymie political campaigns, or help make information warfare more credible.
The 2019 European Parliament elections were well defended against outside interference. AP Photo/Olivier Matthys

European elections suggest US shouldn’t be complacent in 2020

Though the effects were less this time, voters across the globe should remain vigilant against disinformation campaigns and election system hacking.
As Americans go to the polls, the voting process and the information environment are still not secure. AP Photo/David Goldman

Threats remain to US voting system – and voters’ perceptions of reality

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.

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