At this time when the COVID-19 pandemic challenges our governmental institutions and public bodies in unprecedented ways, our public officials must do everything reasonably possible to maximize transparency and remote public participation, even as we protect public health via social distancing. There is no one way to do this, but key steps include four key principles.
America is Resilient.
We are all concerned about keeping our families and loved ones safe, and it’s okay to be worried about COVID-19 because it’s a public health threat unlike any we’ve faced in a long time.
But we can’t let our fear distract us from the truth about how to fight it: We all have to come together, locally in our community, nationally and even internationally and all do our part to stop its spread, and part of that includes voicing our concerns at the polls.
It is imperative that, as we navigate this crisis, we take measures to flatten the curve of the outbreak, while maintaining the integrity of our electoral system. We don’t have to choose between a vibrant, robust democracy and the protection of public health—we can do both at the same time.
We have outlined how Common Cause is advocating for our democracy at this time, and how you can help. Common Cause is actively working with state governments, and watchdogging how changes will impact voting rights, ethics and transparency, the 2020 Census, broadband access, and evaluating how to make sure no one is disenfranchised by this public health crisis.
Here’s how you can do your part to protect democracy during this time:
- Listen to medical experts like the Center for Disease Control and state health departments — and if you are sharing information, make sure it’s coming from a trusted source.
This is a public health and economic crisis that requires our cooperation, as a nation and as a world. That means listening to public health experts and following their recommendations — to ensure the safety of ourselves and our neighbors.