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Here’s how states are dealing with mail-in voting ahead of the election

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Will President Donald Trump’s attacks on mail-in ballots change Americans’ views about the process? At this week’s presidential debate, Trump made several unverified claims about the integrity of mail-in voting, saying mail carriers had been “selling the ballots,” and that ballots had been found “dumped in rivers.” Election experts push back, saying mail-in voting is historically reliable.

Research conducted over the summer suggest that many Americans entered the fall with support for the mail-in voting process. A survey led by David Lazer, distinguished professor of political science and computer and information science at Northeastern, and fellow researchers from Harvard, Rutgers, and Northwestern, found that 66 percent of Americans supported the right to vote by mail.

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