Originally Posted by Dallas Jones
It's harder to explain why vote by mail participation is not higher than it is, when the ballot is sitting in your home for a couple weeks and you can't be bothered to fill it out and send it in.
I actually worked for the Republican Party here in Oregon during the last major election (hey, I really needed the money!). Part of my job was to remind people of deadlines as long as they were likely to vote for the GOP guy. While I genuinely helped a few people to vote, there were a lot more who were fed up with politics and didn't plan to vote at all. Add in all of the people who have moved and never bothered to update their address with the county commissioner, and you have lower-than-expected turnout. I think the number of people who forget or slack off about it are actually fairly low.