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To: U.S. Congress
COVID-19: Expand vote-by-mail in every state
The COVID-19 crisis poses an unprecedented threat to our democracy -- and Congress has a duty to make sure every eligible voter can cast their ballot safely. That’s why our representatives must expand vote-by-mail, early voting, and no-excuse absentee programs in every state by passing the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act.
Why is this important?
Poll workers dropping out. Last-minute polling place closures. Voter confusion. Low turnout.
Voters in Florida, Arizona, and Illinois dealt with these unprecedented challenges and more on their primary day due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. And if Congress doesn’t act now, millions more could be disenfranchised this year.
The solution? A strong vote-by-mail program in every state -- accompanied by ample early voting hours and expanded no-excuse absentee voting.
But it’s up to Congress to take the necessary steps to move these reforms forward and ensure that every voter can cast their ballot safely. That includes passing the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act.
This crucial bill would offer voters in every state the option to cast their ballot by mail -- eliminating the health risk that may come with voting in person. It’d also expand early voting programs nationwide, reducing crowd sizes at the polls and offering those who need or prefer to vote in person more flexibility.
Implementing these reforms before the November election will take ample time, equipment, and funding -- so it’s crucial that Congress acts fast. Protecting voters shouldn’t be a partisan issue, and the reforms in this bill are already popular with Republican, Independent and Democratic voters in states across the country.
Add your name to tell your members of Congress: there’s no time to delay. Pass the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act now!