Ballot Drop Boxes Become Latest Front In Voting Legal Fights – By Pam Fessler (NPR) / Aug 11 2020
Many voters are worried about casting their ballots in person this November because of the pandemic. They’re also concerned that their mail-in ballots could be misplaced or delayed.
One voting option that’s gaining popularity — and also attracting controversy — is the use of drop boxes, where voters can deposit their absentee ballots to be collected later by election officials.
Elizabeth Dandridge was one of a steady stream of voters in Detroit last week who placed their ballots in one such box — a red, white and blue metal container on the sidewalk right outside the city’s main election office.
“I wanted to be sure that it was collected,” Dandridge said of her ballot. “Sometimes the mail’s delayed. I’m waiting on packages where people have sent me over two weeks ago, and they haven’t come.”