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The pandemic will mean that many more Americans vote by mail this year.
All 50 states require people to register before they can cast a mail-in vote. But from there, the rules diverge wildly.
Some states send mail-in forms automatically, others require voters to request an absentee ballot. And while a majority of states accept the coronavirus as a reason for not going to a polling station, some — including Indiana, Tennessee and Texas — do not.
And a lot could still change. Our correspondent Luke Broadwater, a reporter in Washington, says there are more than 300 challenges to voting-related rules winding through courts across the country.
Americans should probably brace for a different kind of election night — it could be days or longer before the full picture of results emerges.
Republicans fear that President Trump’s messaging on voting by mail could depress turnout. But Democrats worry an overreliance on the mail could leave more of their votes uncounted.
A New York Times Magazine investigation found that misleading and false claims about widespread voter fraud are part of a long disinformation effort — one that Mr. Trump has taken to new extremes.
Here’s how to vote in your state.
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Luke Broadwater contributed reporting.
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