In less than 80 days, the U.S. will elect a new president, in the middle of a debilitating pandemic. Despite this, mail-in ballots, likely the safest option available to millions of people, are the subject of a heated contest that could determine how the nation votes.
Postal voting, or mail-in voting, has been around for some time. Some states, such as Washington, Colorado and Utah, automatically send residents ballots that they can return in order to cast their vote.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some believe that postal voting could be a crucial tool in allowing members of the public the chance to have their say in the election.
Others, including the president and Republican lawmakers, disagree.
Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that widespread postal voting will increase cases of fraud and corruption, and even accused the election of being rigged.
Almost overnight, it became a controversy.
“It has become a partisan issue,” said David Kimball, a professor of political science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Mail-in voting has always had a hint of partisanship - Democrats usually favour it and Republicans usually don’t - but the tensions surrounding the 2020 election have transformed it into yet another wedge driven between the two major parties.