Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas are the only states where absentee voting will not be available to all voters.

Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas are the only states where absentee voting will not be available to all voters.

All voters in at least 43 states will be able to vote by mail in the elections in November  as absentee voting was expanded for safety reasons during the coronavirus pandemic. 
Thirty-four states had absentee voting before the pandemic, allowing any voter to vote by mail without requiring an excuse. An additional nine states either agreed to allow concerns about COVID-19 to be a valid reason to request a ballot or dropped the excuse requirement. 
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Nine states and the District of Columbia plan to mail ballots to all registered voters without them needing to request one. 
Five of these states – Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington – held mail-voting elections before the pandemic. Four more – California, Nevada, Vermont and New Jersey – have since sent ballots to all registered voters. 
Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas are the only states where absentee voting will not be available to all voters but limited to those who meet qualifications such as being 65 or older, disabled, a military member or out of town on Election Day.
A seventh state, New York, has not acted to expand mail-in voting for November but is likely to do so. Legislation that would expand the definition of an “illness” to the fear of contracting or spreading COVID-19 awaits the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo after passing both chambers in the New York Legislature. 
This month, U.S. Postal Service General Counsel Thomas Marshall warned election officials across the country that ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted.
This prompted questions from the League of Women Voters and suspicion from the American Postal Workers Union that the warnings were politically motivated.
The Postal Service has made changes this summer to limit overtime. 
President Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed mail-in voting. 
Monday night, former first lady Michelle Obama implored voters: “We’ve got to vote early, in person if we can. We’ve got to request our mail-in ballots right now, tonight, and send them back immediately and follow up to make sure they’re received. And then, make sure our friends and families do the same.”
Reach Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison.

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