Our vote is our voice in determining the future of our community and country.
This year’s elections will have a major impact on all of our futures. That’s why it’s so important that every eligible American citizen be able to have their say at the ballot box.
But, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed new strains on our voting system — posing brand new challenges for election officials, exacerbating problems that already existed, and making the need for reform even more urgent.
Here’s what you can do to help ensure all eligible Americans will be able to safely in the 2020 elections.
We can act right now to make sure we’re ready for November.
We’ve worked with grassroots leaders in all 50 states to identify the reforms that we can implement in time for the general election that will help the most voters. And, we’ve set up this webpage to make it easy for you to reach the right decision-maker in your state.
Here are the most important reforms we must enact before November:
We’re expecting a larger-than-average demand for mail-in ballots this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic — and we need to take common-sense steps to ensure states are ready to meet it. This means:
- No-excuse absentee voting — anyone who wants to vote by mail should get to
- Accepting ballots postmarked by Election Day, so every vote counts
- Pre-paying postage for mail ballots, so cost isn’t a barrier to voting
- Letting voters track their absentee requests and mailed-in ballots online
- Offering sufficient secure dropboxes for voters to submit their ballots conveniently
- Providing ample opportunities for voters to “cure” their ballots (correct errors)
Better Voter Registration Options
With many DMVs and other government offices closed to the public, it’s important to give eligible citizens other ways to register to vote or update their information. We need:
- Online Voter Registration so people can get registered safely from home, without having to risk their health.
- Same-day Registration so voters can register in-person at a polling place on Election Day or during early voting.
Extended Early Voting
States can mitigate crowds and long lines by offering additional early voting hours — spreading out the time that polling places are in use and relieving the demand on Election Day.
Safe In-Person Voting
For anyone who isn’t able or chooses not to vote by mail, we still need the option to vote safely in-person. All in-person voting should adhere strictly to public health and social distancing guidelines — with machines being sanitized after each use, proper masks and PPE for poll workers and voters, and keeping at least 6 feet apart at all times.