An open letter to the U.S. Congress

We Need Universal Absentee Voting in November

3,236 so far! Let’s get to 5,000 signers!

On April 13th, 2020, First Lady Michelle Obama threw her support behind the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020 to enable universal vote by mail in the 2020 election as a response to the coronavirus outbreak. I stand with her. This bill requires states and jurisdictions to permit absentee voting in order to prevent the disruption of federal elections due to natural disasters or infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Additionally, it serves to: • Expand early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail to all states • Require states and jurisdictions to establish a publicly available contingency plan to enable eligible Americans to vote in the case of an emergency and establish an initiative to recruit poll workers from high schools and colleges • Make it easier for veterans overseas to vote • Require that all states provide self-sealing envelopes with prepaid postage to all voters who request a voter registration application, absentee ballot application, or absentee ballot. And require that all states offer and accept online absentee ballot applications • Direct all states to use envelopes with an Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) to allow voters to track their ballot for the 2020 election and for following elections, and to create a federal domestic ballot tracking program with the necessary funds to implement such a program • Require absentee ballots to be counted if postmarked or signed before the close of the polls on Election Day and received on or before the day on which final vote totals are required by law to be submitted to the State for an official canvass of the election. • Authorize funds necessary sums to reimburse states for the cost of implementing the Act, such as providing prepaid postage and purchasing additional ballot scanners Our democracy is sacred, and every voter deserves the right to cast a ballot safely. Please help our states with the funding they need to hold safe elections this November, and support this bill.

First sent on April 15, 2020 by the Democratic Coalition

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