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Actions, Democracy

This is part of our action toolkit to protects eligible voters’ health, safety, and access to the ballot box in 2020. Find more on this here.

Normal life has changed so much because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing has not changed: elections will still take place on November 3, 2020. 

Your governor and chief election official* have tremendous power and responsibility to provide free, fair, and safe elections. In most states, your secretary of state is the chief election official. 

Together with your governor, they should: 

  • prioritize vote-by-mail options so that all registered voters have the option to vote by mail (also called “absentee ballot”) without providing a justification or excuse, 
  • expand early voting days and polling sites to reduce lines on election day, 
  • where feasible, increase the number of polling sites on election day to reduce lines and crowds for those who choose to vote in-person,
  • make online voter registration and same-day registration available to all eligible voters.

These state officials are obligated to not only protect your right to vote, but also guarantee that every voter has the information they need to participate fully in the election. 

We know that some of these changes require additional funding, and your governor and secretary of state should join you in calling on Congress to provide states with adequate federal funding for this election.

Take action today and let your governor and secretary of state know that young people expect safe, healthy, and fair elections in November.

*In 38 states, the secretary of state is the chief election official. In Alaska and Utah, the lieutenant governors serve this function, and in ten other states, there is another official with this responsibility.

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