Absentee and Mail-in Ballots
The COVID-19 outbreak has created uncertainty across the country and the globe. However, it should not deter people from voting in this year’s elections at the local, state and national levels.
Access to the ballot and public safety must go hand in hand.
As states seek voting options to maintain and increase voter turnout, mail-in and absentee voting become more important. Yet, many elected officials and outside groups are working against expanded voter options. That is anti-democratic, not in the public interest and denies the fundamental right of one-person, one-vote.
The economic crisis will hit state budgets particularly hard. Funding shortfalls will impact their ability to provide reliable, safe voting options. Part of the funding provided to states by Congress must include more resources to ensure voter access this fall.
TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE:
- Support state and federal legislative efforts to expand voting options
- Oppose measures designed to suppress the vote or eliminate mail-in and early voting
- Increase voter registration by pledging to vote and recruiting three friends to vote
- Work with local officials to increase voter options at the local level
- Contact your Secretary of State to encourage voter protection and expansion efforts on a statewide basis
- Join local voting rights groups and other EDN partners to support their efforts
- Update others about deadlines and instructions for requesting absentee ballots
We cannot overlook our right to vote. Mail-in and absentee options should be made available in every state so that citizens can vote safely. Regardless of how you cast your ballot, make a plan to vote, vote early and Vote Earth.