Tell Congress: We Need Funding to Protect the 2020 Election from Covid-19
ATTN: Senator McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Senator Schumer, Rep. McCarthy
As the Covid-19 pandemic upends American life, it presents an unprecedented challenge to our elections. We thank you for the $400 million for elections included in the last stimulus package, but it’s not enough to ensure that states can run safe, free, and fair elections this November.
You can protect our elections and our democracy by allotting at least $4 billion for elections in the next stimulus package.
State and county election officials from both parties have made clear that they need help in order to hold November elections under pandemic conditions.
They need funds to:
1. Increase capacity for voting by mail
Millions of Americans want to protect their health and that of others by voting by mail. To protect public health, every American must have the option to vote by mail. This requires an overhaul of our voting system so that it can process tens of millions of additional mail ballots.
2. Maintain safe and sanitized in-person voting.
Mail voting is necessary, but it cannot fully replace in-person voting. Polling places will need more staff, expanded early voting days and hours, larger locations, and sanitation supplies for poll workers and voters. .
3. Expand online registration The 39 states that already offer online registration need to bolster their systems to accommodate a surge and make sure that everyone can access them. States without online registration capabilities need to set up systems immediately, or take other measures to ensure their registration rolls are adequate and up-to-date.
The 2020 elections can still be free, fair, safe, and secure. Election officials across the country are ready to make these adjustments, but they need the resources to implement them in time.As members of congress, it is your duty to protect our democracy.
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