COVID-19 and Patient Voting
Keep checking back for the latest updates on COVID-19 as it pertains to patients voting from the hospital or from home quarantine.
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Voting Process Changes:
Please see the tables below for voting information on upcoming Democratic and Republican presidential preference primaries, including any delays and measures to vote that do not require you to go to a polling site in-person. This section will be updated for the November general elections as well. The dates in this document only reflect presidential preference primary dates. Your state may have other incoming elections (ex. state primaries).
In a statement released by the USPS on April 22nd, mail-in ballots can still be delivered without a stamp. In a statement from Martha Johnson, a USPS spokeswoman:
"It is the postal service’s policy not to delay the delivery of completed absentee or vote-by-mail ballots even if no postage has been affixed or if the postage is insufficient. In cases where a ballot enters the mailstream without the proper amount of postage, the postal service will collect postage from the appropriate Board of Elections."
For states that only allow voters meeting certain conditions to apply for mail-in voting, many states have conditions allowing voters to apply for a mail-in ballot due to illness or disability. While some states have expanded these conditions to allow any voter to cite COVID-19 and home quarantine as a legitimate reason for obtaining a mail-in ballot, other states have yet to do so. Please check your state's elections department or Secretary of State page to determine the status of mail-in voting in your state. If your state has yet to expand mail-in voting to allow people in home quarantine to apply for mail-in voting, you may submit an application citing home quarantine as the rationale for requesting your ballot but there is no guarantee that this application may be accepted.
H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Passed both chambers of Congress and signed by the President on 3/18/20. Summary of what this legislation means for you and a full text can be found here.
H.R. 748: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: Passed both chambers of Congress and signed by the President on 3/24/20. Summary of what this legislation would mean for you and updates on its passage can be found here.
National Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act: Currently sponsored by 24 Senators. The bill advocates for 20 days of early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail nationwide for the 2020 elections. A full text of this bill can be found here.