Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The History of Mail-In and Absentee Voting

The History of Mail-In and Absentee Voting

Bipartisan Policy Center’s John Fortier talked about the history of absentee and mail-in voting laws. He also discussed how voting by mail has changed since the 19th century.

Description

Bipartisan Policy Center’s John Fortier talked about the history of absentee and mail-in voting laws. He also discussed how voting by mail has changed since the 19th century.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Why did mail-in voting increase during the 1864 election?
  • Why did states shift to using secret ballots?
  • What restrictions were often in place for mail-in voting during most of the 20th century?
  • How and why did mail-in voting laws change in the 1970s?
  • How do mail-in voting laws differ from state to state?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Absentee
    • Mail-in Voting
    • No-excuse Absentee Voting
    • Notary Public
    • Party Boss
    • Secret Ballot

    Topics

    Campaigns & ElectionsU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity