President Trump continues to warn that 80 million ballots are being sent unsolicited to voters. He is most likely misquoting an August New York Times article talking about the number of mail-in-ballots that will be received by election officials. Many of those are mailed out every election and half that number that will be requested by voters, not "unsolicited."
Five states have run elections by mail for years:
Some states are mailing ballots to all voters due to COVID-19 worries:
- New Jersey
- Washington, D.C.
Montana is allowing counties to choose to conduct all voting by mail.
44.4 million ballots are being sent to registered voter in those states. Barely half of Trump’s 80 million claim.
The Times article stated:
80 million mail ballots will flood election offices this fall.
This is twice the number as usual, but 40 million are voters requesting absentee ballots.
(Graphic via FlowingData)