Vote By Mail: Modeling Voter Participation
In The 2018 Midterm Election

This study, published in partnership with with National Vote At Home Institute and The Andrew Goodman Foundation, examines the difference between five vote-by-mail policies in place in the 2018 midterm elections and the impact of the policies on voter turnout. The findings demonstrate that more expansive VBM policies lead to increased voter turnout, particularly among young voters who are often the most impacted by voter suppression tactics and restrictive vote-by-mail policies.
Key Findings:
States that adopt an inclusive vote-by-mail policy could boost their turnout by as much as 5.1%
Young counties with a median age of 44 or lower could boost their turnout by up to 4.2% by adopting inclusive VBM policies. 73% of US counties have a median age at or below age 44, and together, the voters in these counties make up 90% of the US voting population
Our research examined what would happen if states had adopted more inclusive vote-by-mail policies in the 2018 election. Check out the graphic below to see the potential impact for young voters.  

Vote By Mail In 2020 And Our Opportunity For 2022

In 2020, voters experienced the convenience of voting at home instead of waiting in long lines, an obstacle that disproportionately impacts voters of color. VBM helped voters stay safer & likely leveled the playing field by reducing barriers to voting. Deliver My Vote Education Fund (DMVEF) examined VBM trends in five key states (Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin) from 2016 to 2020 to better understand the massive shift in VBM use and identify opportunities for voter engagement in the 2022 election.

Key Findings:

The 2022 midterm elections provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to continue the extraordinary expansion of VBM in communities of color. Black, Latino, Native American, and AAPI voters across our five states showed some of the highest rates of VBM adoption.
Low-propensity voters were 10 times more likely to cast a ballot if they had applied for a mail-in ballot.
VBM rates grew significantly in our 5 states from 2016 to 2020.