Millions of Americans will vote early, absentee in 2016 | Pew Research Center

More than 4 million early, absentee and mail-in votes already have been cast, as nontraditional ways of voting gain in popularity.

Source: Millions of Americans will vote early, absentee in 2016 | Pew Research Center

Three states – Oregon, Washington and now Colorado – have gone one step further and enacted vote-by-mail systems for all elections. In vote-by-mail states, all registered voters receive their ballots in the mail several weeks before Election Day; voters can fill out their ballots at their leisure and either mail them back or drop them off at designated collection points at any time up to the close of Election Day. Oregon pioneered this method when it went all-mail in 2000 (although it held smaller, local all-mail elections as far back as 1981).

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