[E]ven if the [coronavirus] is under control, many voters may be cautious about stepping out to a polling place where many people will gather. When I reached out to a wide array of voting rights advocates, election law scholars, and former election officials, I heard the same three-word solution over and over again: “vote by mail.” Mail-in ballots are a major reason turnout did not crater in the Florida and Arizona primary elections held earlier this month. And they are the most straightforward way to ensure that voters can still cast a ballot even if they are stuck at home. In the ideal regime, which already exists in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Hawaii, voters would automatically receive a ballot in the mail in the weeks before the election. These voters should also be given the option to vote in person, in case they do not receive the ballot or lose it, but no one should have to request a mail-in ballot in order to receive one.
The Legal Resources Centre and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
invite you to attend a celebration of
Africa Human Rights Day
on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 at 13:00
Dean King Hall
St George’s Cathedral
5 Wale Street
Prof Michelo Hansungule
Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists
Eminent expert on African human rights
‘South Africa’s role in the African regional human rights system: achievements and outstanding commitments’
followed by a panel discussion.
RSVP please by Monday, 19 October 2009 to Wilmien Wicomb at
tel: (021) 481 3000
fax: (021) 423 0935BACK TO TOP