U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that she is recalling the chamber later this week to vote on legislation to protect the Postal Service. A senior Democratic aide said the likely plan is for the House to return on Saturday.

In a letter to lawmakers, Pelosi said the House would vote on legislation to prohibit the Postal Service from implementing any changes to services it had in place on Jan. 1, 2020. Democrats have accused President Donald Trump of trying to hamstring the cash-strapped Postal Service to suppress mail-in voting.

The USPS is suddenly a partisan football, here are some facts about vote by mail to help combat all the disinformation out there:

  • Americans have used vote by mail/absentee voting since the Civil War.^1
  • In 2016, 25% of voters voted by mail.^2
  • Vote by mail does not favor one party over another.^3,4
  • Colorado uses universal vote by mail and is considered to have the most secure elections in the country.^5,6
  • Mail-in ballots have bar codes to prevent duplicates, and every ballot requires a signature that is checked in a database to prevent fraud.^7
  • To receive a ballot, you must be a registered voter.
  • Mail-in voting creates a paper trail that can then be audited after the election.
  • President Trump has voted by mail 3x since 2016 and many members of his administration have also voted by mail.^8
  • For all those people who are scare about ballots being “mass mailed”, well the RNC is mass mailing their supporters absentee ballot request forms.

Experts this year are predicting that as many as 70%^9 of all votes cast could be by mail. Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, we should all be able to agree that we need the USPS to be funded and we need states to also have sufficient election funding so we can have a fair election this November.

So with that, here are 3 things you can do right now:

  1. Check your voter registration here and make sure your friends and family are also registered to vote.
  2. See your state’s voting options and deadlines for the election here. If you are going to vote by mail, request your ballot now and return it as early as possible.
  3. Lastly, please sign up to be a poll worker. There is a huge shortage of poll workers this year, and polling locations will be closed if they can’t be staffed.

If these issues concern you, consider donating to one of the following organizations that’s working on democracy issues.

  • RepresentUs, a nonpartisan anti-corruption org, that’s working to fight misinformation about vote by mail and passing laws to end gerrymandering, implement ranked choice voting, and more.
  • The ACLU, which is fighting to protect voter rights in the courts.
  • And, which is a nonpartisan organization working to get out the vote this year and make sure everyone can check their registration, register to vote, and get information about voting in the 2020 election.