CLC Experts Call for Protecting Democracy and Safeguarding Voters’ Health

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Line of people on the sidewalk wearing medical masks.
Milwaukee County residents line up to vote Tuesday April, 7, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers sought to postpone the elections because of the pandemic, and was overruled by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to have the voting proceed as scheduled. Photo by Pat A. Robinson/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News

Voters should not have to choose between staying healthy and exercising the right to vote amid the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, states should make it easier for voters to access the ballot and exercise their right to vote in this time of crisis.

A recent video featuring Campaign Legal Center (CLC) experts Trevor Potter, Danielle Lang, and Jonathan Diaz outlined how at least $2 billion in federal funding is necessary to make it possible for states to hold safe, accessible, and secure elections on Nov. 3, 2020.

To create a safe, secure voting environment, every state should work to provide a wide range of options to improve ballot access, like expanding online voter registration, allowing voters to vote by mail and correct any errors with their ballots, permitting in-person voting for vulnerable communities, and extending early voting deadlines.

The choices we make now will determine not just how we weather the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic but also the health of our democracy when it is over. State and federal policymakers must take action now to ensure that our elections proceed safely and securely.

Watch the full video here.

 

Georgia is the 2020 CLC Communications Fellow