Phil Keisling is the Director of the Center for Public Service of the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He served as Secretary of State for Oregon from 1991 to 1999, and also served in the Oregon House of Representatives. He was an investigative reporter for the Willamette Week from 1978 to 1982 and an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1982 to 1984.
Universal vote by mail is the most effective way to boost turnout among young and minority voters.
Edward R. Murrow, Ralph Flanders, and Joseph Nye Welch all called out Joe McCarthy more than 50 years ago. Will any in the GOP do the same this year?
In three U.S. states—Oregon, Washington, and Colorado—the traditional polling place is now extinct. Every registered voter instead receives his or her ballot in the mail about two weeks before election day. Voters can return their marked ballots with a 49-cent postage stamp, or personally deliver them to special ballot drop sites. Fraud and other electoral… Read more »
To grasp the true power of universal vote by mail, it’s important to recognize that the act of voting is a four-step process. Step 1: Voter registration. (In every state except North Dakota, eligible citizens must separately register as voters to qualify to receive a ballot.) Step 2: Connecting voters with ballots. Step 3: Marking… Read more »
Universal vote by mail can revive the franchise and change the political map. So why the resistance?