12.    Does vote by mail benefit one political party more than another?

This is a common opinion.  But it is unsupported by evidence.  Both “red” states like Utah and “blue” states like Hawaii have adopted vote by mail.


A recent nationally published testimonial in favor of vote by mail came from Oregon’s Republican Secretary of State Bev Clarno (https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/493100-former-oregon-official-touts-states-mail-in-two-decade-voting-record).

West Virginia conducted a Vote by Mail Pilot Program in 2011 for certain cities.  In the Morgantown city election that used vote by mail, voter participation rose and the progressive city council was replaced by a more conservative one.

We thank the League of Women Voters of West Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County for their sponsorship.  The League is not responsible for content.
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