Amid COVID-19 Threat, League Urges Adoption of Key Policies Around 2020 Elections

New Orleans, LA—The League of Women Voters-Louisiana joins the LWV-US and over 200 organizations supporting an effort led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to urge federal lawmakers and state elections officials to adopt key policies to ensure both the public’s safety and the orderly conduct of the 2020 primary and general elections in light of the current threat posed by COVID-19.

These recommendations include online voter registration, same-day voter registration for all voters, and extended voter registration deadlines; extended early voting in advance of all elections; expanded and universal mail-in voting options; ensuring safe in-person voting environments adapted for social-distancing and sanitation protocols; and robust public education programs to counter disinformation—intentional or not— with facts and accurate information.

These initiatives were developed by The Brennan Center for Justice to ensure that voting in America in 2020 remains fair, accessible and safe. 

5 thoughts on “Amid COVID-19 Threat, League Urges Adoption of Key Policies Around 2020 Elections

  1. There will never be a honest election again if mail in voting is allowed. If social distancing works in stores why won’t it work for voting.

  2. I disagree wholeheartedly with online voter registration, same day voter registration, and mail-in voting. Require in person registration, and an ID (provide the documentation and ID for free for those citizens that can’t afford it if necessary) in order to register. Require and ID to vote at a polling place. An MIT Election Lab study showed that widespread Vote by Mail increase voter turnout modestly at best in presidential elections with next to no increase in other elections. It also suggested that fraud is more prevalent in Vote by Mail than In person voting. It also cited 2 important cases of fraud. Voter ID is crucial. We have seen the divisiveness that election tampering and fraud causes in our county.

    • The following excerpt from Wikipedia tells you all you need to know about the Brennan Center for Justice

      “The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School is a non-partisan[2] law and public policy institute that is sometimes seen as liberal[3][2] or progressive.[4] The organization is named after Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan.
      The Brennan Center advocates for a number of progressive public policy positions, including raising the minimum wage, opposing voter ID laws, and calling for public funding of elections.[5][6] The organization opposed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, which held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent political expenditures by nonprofits.[7][8]”

    • So my 83-year-old mother, who has severe arthritis and cannot drive anymore, shouldn’t be allowed to vote by mail? Here’s an idea: before you disagree with what someone should or should not be able to do, such as exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote, take a walk in that person’s shoes. Your MIT study that showed voting by mail didn’t significantly increase voter turnout wasn’t conducted during the times we’re in now. At a time when we are prohibited by law to congregate in groups larger than 10 people, we’d all be safer voting by mail. I personally am not going to risk the health of the people I love by voting in person for local elections. I would, however, vote by mail. And when November rolls around, you can be sure I’ll put on a face mask and stand in line 6 feet from everybody else to cast my vote.

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