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July 30, 2020

There is no question that 2020 will hold one of the most consequential elections of our lifetimes. Take action with us to lift the veil on a position that often operates behind the scenes, but that has incredible power to protect—or disrupt—American democracy.

In 38 states, the most important figure in protecting fair access to the ballot box is your secretary of state. In Alaska and Utah, the lieutenant governors serve this function, and in ten other states, there is another official with this responsibility.

Your secretary of state or chief election official has tremendous power and responsibility to provide free, fair, and safe elections. In fact, in most states, this official can: 

  • make online voter registration and same-day registration available to all eligible voters;
  • provide all registered voters with the option to vote by mail (also called “absentee ballot”) without having an excuse; 
  • send mail-in-ballots to every registered voter with pre-paid postage, where allowable (at minimum, secretaries of state should send every registered voter an application for a mail-in ballot with pre-paid postage);
  • expand early voting days and increase the number of early polling sites; 
  • increase the number of polling sites on election day to reduce lines and crowds for those who vote in-person; and
  • demand Congress provide adequate election funding and allocate that funding for free and fair elections.

Check out the tools below to take action on protecting eligible voters’ access to the ballot box and hold you secretary of state or chief election officials accountable.

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