FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 29, 2020
For Our Future Praises Congressional Leaders Aim to Expand Funding for Vote By Mail
Washington, D.C. – For Our Future Action Fund applauds House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Democrats who announced upcoming plans this week to push for $4 billion in funding to help states expand and strengthen safe voting efforts ahead of the November election.
As the electoral environment has dramatically changed due to COVID-19, For Our Future Action Fund has accelerated get-out-the-vote efforts to help voters make their voices heard in states with insufficient and unsafe systems like Wisconsin, to states with new voting laws, rescheduled primaries, and new voting procedures.
We pivoted to an absentee ballot focus to ensure as many voters participated in the Wisconsin spring election safely. Now organizers are encouraging voters across the state to request their ballots for November. For yesterday’s rescheduled primary election in Ohio, we ran a multi-channel campaign to inform voters on how to successfully vote-by-mail. A similar public education program is underway for Pennsylvania’s June primary, specifically targeting voters of color.
For Our Future Action Fund CEO Justin Myers issued the following statement in support of Congressional efforts to fund safe voting including vote by mail, no-excuse absentee voting, and extended early voting with social distancing practices:
“Americans will have strong opinions about who should represent their needs coming out of this pandemic. But one thing is clear, elected officials must ensure everyone has a safe and straightforward ability to register to vote and cast ballots this fall. With support for voting by mail at an all-time high, we need to make sure our state and local governments have the resources available to manage voters’ ballots successfully.
“There is no excuse to put the health and safety of communities at risk when exercising their fundamental right to vote. No voter – no matter what they look like or where they live – should have to contract coronavirus from voting or working in a polling place. Yet after Republican state leaders in Wisconsin failed to provide ample safe voting options, the state’s public health department reports that at least 52 people tested positive for COVID-19 who worked or voted at one of the few polling locations open during primary day.
“Ensuring safe elections, and more broadly, the health and safety of constituents should be a nonpartisan issue. No exceptions. While there is so much uncertainty in the world now, we need safe living, working, and voting conditions for everyone. For Our Future Action Fund will continue to organize people across battleground states to make sure their needs are getting met through this pandemic, and their voices are heard through November’s election.”
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