Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent a letter to members of Congress on Mar. 24, 2020, asking them to include $2 billion in the latest economic stimulus legislation to ensure the integrity of our country’s election infrastructure in the 2020 primaries and general election.
During the coronavirus pandemic, additional funding is necessary to help states prepare for the 2020 general election. States can and must protect the right to vote by implementing policies that provide more absentee ballots, expand options for voting by mail, correct ballot signature match policies that reject voters due to technical mistakes, and extend online voter registration and online absentee ballot request deadlines. It is also necessary to extend the current time frames offered for in-person voting to protect voters and poll workers.
Congress must act now to give states the resources that they need to make these critical changes in time for the 2020 election.
The choices that we make now will not just determine how we weather the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic but also the health of our democracy when it is over.