Coons calls for $2B for vote-by-mail, early voting during COVID-19 pandemic
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, joined Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, and Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, and Stand Up America on March 23 for a press call urging lawmakers to pass emergency measures to expand no-excuse absentee voting, vote-by-mail and early voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We can’t assume that our 2020 elections this fall won’t be impacted by COVID-19, and with several states announcing that they will postpone their presidential primaries, it’s clear that we need to take action at the federal level now to give states the resources they need to address the threat that COVID-19 poses to our elections this fall,” said Coons. “Sens. Klobuchar, Wyden, and I are calling on Congress to include funding to expand vote by mail and early voting in the third stimulus package, so Americans across the country can access the ballot box in November. No American should have to choose between their health and their right to vote.”
A week prior, Coons introduced the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020 with Klobuchar and Wyden to expand no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail to all states, extend early in-person voting in every state to at least 20 days, and reimburse states for additional costs in administering elections during the pandemic. Coons and Klobuchar also wrote a letter to congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy, urging them to include funding to protect U.S. elections in the final stimulus package.