A User’s Guide to Mail-In Voting

The pandemic will mean that many more Americans vote by mail this year.

All 50 states require people to register before they can cast a mail-in vote. But from there, the rules diverge wildly.

Some states send mail-in forms automatically, others require voters to request an absentee ballot. And while a majority of states accept the coronavirus as a reason for not going to a polling station, some — including Indiana, Tennessee and Texas — do not.

And a lot could still change. Our correspondent Luke Broadwater, a reporter in Washington, says there are more than 300 challenges to voting-related rules winding through courts across the country.

Americans should probably brace for a different kind of election night — it could be days or longer before the full picture of results emerges.

Guest: Luke Broadwater, a congressional reporter for The New York Times.

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