WASHINGTON – Today the League of Women Voters president of the board of directors Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House Heroes Act relief package:
“Our democracy depends on an election system that protects voters, poll workers, and the right to vote. The latest House bill does just that.
“Expanding vote-by-mail and ensuring safe and early in-person voting options gives all eligible voters the flexibility to cast their ballots safely this fall. At this unprecedented time, voters should not have to choose between their health and executing their constitutional right to vote.
“By providing $3.6 billion to state and local election administrators, this bill ensures that our election systems are prepared for changes related to COVID-19. This funding, combined with the $400 million from the CARES Act, meets the required $4 billion election experts estimate is needed to safely administer elections this fall.
“We are encouraged by the proposed bill and look forward to working with the Senate and the White House to ensure that this critical election funding is passed and made available to states in time to fund our fall elections.”
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