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All elections should be by mail

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Voters wait hours in long lines to cast their early vote at the Summit County Board of Elections on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Akron, Ohio. About 30 million people have already voted in 34 states and the District of Columbia, either by mail or in person. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Paul Tople)

The absurdity of holding in-person primary voting during what is rapidly evolving toward a national quarantine is self-evident. What’s not as obvious is that in-person voting in general is an indefensible anachronism, that survives partially out of inertia and traditionalism, but mainly because it’s an extremely effective voter suppression mechanism.

Voting in person makes no more sense than filing your taxes in person. Mail-in systems, such as that used in Colorado, work perfectly well. The coronavirus epidemic merely puts an exclamation mark on how important it is to reform our voting practices immediately.

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