A Letter from the League of Women Voters of the United States –
Demand Action from Congress to Protect the 2020 Election
CONTACT CONGRESS TODAY
As the House and Senate work to address the COVID-19 public health crisis it is CRITICAL that legislators include adequate funding provisions to safeguard the right to vote in the upcoming November election.
To date, Congress has passed two large stimulus packages that have been signed by the President and is currently negotiating a third package. The League believes that this third package needs to include funding for provisions to ensure Americans are given the right to vote safely in November. That’s why we joined our allies at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in sending a letter to Congress, signed by over 150 organizations, calling for at least $2 billion in funding to be allocated toward essential measures including:
- voter education (informing the public of new practices and immediately
- quashing disinformation as it arises).
- an extended early in-person voting period (allowing citizens to vote over
- an expanded period rather than in a cluster on Election Day
- expanded voter registration options (including online voter registration and
- same-day voter registration)
- no-excuse absentee voting-by-mail (including a number of options through which to request and return ballots)
- prohibition of polling place adjustments that disproportionately impact vulnerable populations such as people of color, limited-English proficient citizens, people with disabilities, and students.
We are at a critical point where we must tell our Representatives and Senators that our elections need to be safeguarded during this pandemic. Contact your members of Congress and demand they support a minimum of $2 billion directed to safely expand voting options in the upcoming stimulus package. You can email them using our action tool or call them at (202) 224-5721.
Please act now to ensure Americans have a safe and secure way to vote in November.