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Special Elections Preview Fall Voting during COVID-19

By Eric McGhee, Jennifer Paluch

Two recent special elections in California provide insights into how the state might use vote-by-mail in combination with in-person options to ensure the November 2020 election is both safe and fair.

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Will Mail-in Ballots Benefit One Party?

By Eric McGhee

California may have to significantly expand vote by mail for this November’s election; there’s no evidence that either major party would gain an advantage.



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