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Fewer People May Vote By Mail Than Expected. That Could Mean Election Day 'Chaos'

This summer, experts expected more than half of all Americans to vote by mail. Recent polls seem to indicate the number to be significantly lower, which could mean extraordinary lines in some places.

COVID-19 is still spreading across the U.S., but you would barely know it by how people are planning to vote this year.

As the pandemic took hold in the spring, voting experts predicted a national shift toward mail or absentee voting: some experts predicted as many as 70% of all votes cast could be by mail, as was the case in Wisconsin's April primary.

But over the past few months, fears about the Postal Service's reliability as well as President Trump's constant railing against mail voting security have meant fewer and fewer people planning to use the method to vote — to the point that officials now worry there may be such a crush of people who want to vote on Election Day, it could lead to unsafe crowding

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