In The last Presidential election, 61% of eligible voters in Shelby County cast a ballot. In this past summer’s primary election saw a measly 17% voter turnout. Some states, like Oregon and Washington, have started mailing people ballots. Those two states have some of the highest turnout every election. The voter fills out the ballot and and puts it back in the mailbox, casting their ballot. “I am voting and I think it would be a lot more convenient for everybody if we could do that,” said Stephanie Helay. While Shelby County saw that seventeen percent turnout in August Washington state saw an average of thirty-eight percent voter turnout.
States using mail in voting also found it`s cheaper because they cut down on staff and hours. Colorado is looking to move to all mail-in ballots and found it would cut the cost per voter in half. “Well I’m all about saving money so anything we can do to help out and help us save a little bit, especially in this economy would be a great thing,” said Helay.