“None of us know how long this pandemic will last, and no American should have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote.”
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to paralyze public life and the economy as it spreads across the U.S., voting rights advocates are demanding the federal government urgently prioritize funding election assistance for November’s general election—citing the fact there is no way to know what the future of the pandemic will bring.
“Election officials are facing unprecedented challenges this year, and they need more resources from Congress to help keep elections safe, accessible, and secure amid the pandemic.”
—Lawrence Norden, NYU Brennan Center for Justice
“We’re running out of time to get this right,” Stand Up America president Sean Eldridge said in a statement Thursday calling on Congress to act. “None of us know how long this pandemic will last, and no American should have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote.”
Stand Up America led a press call Thursday on the importance of funding elections in the next stimulus package, referred to as “Phase 4” in Washington. Lawmakers are on recess and will not return to work on the legislation until later in April, but advocacy groups are already pushing for progressive priorities like vote-by-mail and expanded early voting periods to be included in the package.