The Coronavirus will make voting in person unsafe for months if not years. Let’s make sure Election Day is safe and accessible for every voter in every state.

What can I do?

No one should have to choose between their right to vote and their health. And they won’t if Congress gets its act together. How, you ask? Allow us to explain.

The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice estimates that $2 billion is needed to ensure a “free and fair election” – that includes providing vote-by-mail as an option for all voters and maintaining in-person voting for those who need it.

Holy shit $2 billion. That’s a lot of money. But you know what costs more? Millions of voters getting COVID and enduring another months-long lockdown. Let’s not do that.

What every state should do to protect voters:

Make vote-by-mail an option

Every voter should be able to request an absentee ballot without having to offer a reason why, and it should have pre-paid postage so they can mail it free of charge. States should let voters request ballots as close to Election Day as possible, and accept ballots that are postmarked as late as Election Day.

Keep more polling places open and safe

Mail-in voting is great, but people without internet and mail access, people with disabilities, and those who need language assistance still rely on in-person voting, so we need to make it safer and easier. We need more polling locations set up, they need to be open longer, and be properly sanitized and staffed. States should also expand access to curbside voting.

Expand early voting

No one should have to take time off to vote. That is ridiculous! Let people vote early. Let them vote on weekends.