Tell Congress: Invest in the Safety of Our Democracy!
For too many of us, voting in the primaries was mishap after mishap. Whether you didn't receive your requested absentee ballot, had to drive far away because your polling place was cut, waited for hours to vote in person, or were near poll workers without adequate PPE, you fought to have your voice heard.
We can't let this happen in November.
With the Presidential election only four months away; it is critical that Congress acts to provide funding to our election system that is responsive to the COVID-19 public health crisis, and ensures voting remains fair, accessible, and safe for all. We saw in the execution of the primaries that the funding provided by Congress earlier this year to safeguard our elections was nowhere near enough.
In this time of crisis, where millions of people are out of work and states are funneling resources into managing the pandemic, Congress needs to step in so everyone can participate in our democracy. If Congress doesn't act now, our elections are at risk of being unprotected.
Tell your Senators to include $3.6 billion of election funding in our next stimulus bill to ensure our 2020 elections can be administered effectively without compromising your and your community's health.
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Election Funding Needed in Next Stimulus
In March, Congress worked to add $400 million in aid to states to address necessary policies to safeguard our elections during the COVID-19 public health crisis. With the November election quickly approaching, it is imperative Congress provides the necessary funding to transform our election system to respond to this crisis, and ensure voting remains fair, accessible, and safe.
As a member of the League of Women Voters I am asking you to ensure that at least $4 billion in funding is allocated to ensure our elections are safe in 2020. Voters should not have to choose between their health and their vote.
States need to implement needed changes that allow voters to safely participate in November and protect our democracy. These changes include making the necessary adjustments so that polling places adhere to CDC guidelines. They will also help to expand the use of no-excuse-absentee-mail-in-ballots so that voters can participate safely from the comfort of their own homes. This critical election assistance can and should be used by states to increase vote- by-mail, expand early voting and online registration, and increase the safety of voting in-person by providing additional voting facilities and more poll-workers.
We've already seen the impact this pandemic has had on the primaries. We must ensure that moving forward, voters can safely, securely, and efficiently exercise their right to vote while still protecting our public health. We must ensure that Americans can have their voices heard and votes counted. In this time of crisis, we must ensure our election can continue in November and states must spend the next few months putting in place policies to expand access to the ballot so everyone can participate in our democracy.