While the course of the coronavirus pandemic is unpredictable, one thing that is certain is that it will indeed impact the November 2020 election. Election officials cannot wait to begin implementing reforms to address the problems exposed in the March primary and to prevent additional problems during what is anticipated to be a presidential election with record turnout. Swift action is key. The scope of the problems and their corresponding proposed solutions are large, and successfully protecting the vote will require quick and comprehensive collaboration between state and local election officials as well as community organizations. Common Cause Illinois stands ready to help and ensure every eligible voter is able to exercise their right to vote in November.

VIRUS-PROOFING THE VOTE: A COMMON CAUSE ILLINOIS REPORT

Common Cause Illinois has published a report analyzing the March primary and recommending reforms to protect the vote in November. Read that report here.

FIGHTING FOR REFORM: TESTIMONY BEFORE THE ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS

On April 17, 2020, Common Cause Illinois Executive Director Jay Young testified before the Illinois State Board of Elections on behalf of the Just Democracy Coalition. In his testimony, he emphasized the urgent need for reform to protect the vote, and urged the Board to consider measures such as expanding the use of voting by mail, relying on community input for polling place locations and closures, and more. Read his testimony here.

LEADING COALITION EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE

Common Cause Illinois is honored to chair the Just Democracy Coalition, a broad-based non-partisan coalition of community groups striving to protect and promote the value of every vote, no matter the geographic, racial, ethnic, or party affiliation of the voter. In this time of crisis, our coalition is working to ensure that every eligible voter can exercise their fundamental right to vote in a safe manner in November.

 

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