One simple step you can take to protect the right to vote by mail
Request paper bills in September (starting now)
Note: my concern is that seniors and other vulnerable people not be forced to risk their health to exercise their right to vote rather than for whom they choose to vote.
While we are all being invited to write our congresspeople (on vacation) to protest actions being taken to make voting by mail more challenging, there is another step you can take to solve the problem directly:
Just request your bills to be delivered by mail rather than electronically for one month: September 2020, starting now.
Yes, this will result in more paper to recycle, but on the other hand it might temporarily boost the economy in Northern Maine, who knows.
What we do know is the cost will be borne by larger corporations who currently receive benefits by billing you electronically:
- Reduction in customer service expenses
- Reduction in operating costs associated with generating and sending bills and statements.
These same larger corporations have a much larger voice in Washington than individual voters. They can make your voice heard.
Will this negatively impact the overall economy?
Not likely, as most small businesses cannot afford electronic billing and they are the majority of the economy. In fact, it might even help with unemployment if new hires are required to address an increased workload.
Will this be effective?
Only if enough people buy into the basic economics and the system is stress-tested now. It would more likely be effective than emailing congress people on vacation.
What if this effort backfires and the postal service cannot deliver ballots given the overload?
Better to find out now than in October and November when it really counts.
So while we all can work in our individual states to ensure that people have access to vote by mail at the state level, as individuals we can also take action to ensure that the postal service is robust enough to handle an increase in mail from businesses billing us for services before the elections when it really counts.