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Congress must provide $4 billion to ensure that no voter is left out

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, our Voting Rights Task Force co-chairs, and more than 150 organizations called on Congress to fully fund and direct states and counties to administer the 2020 elections in a safe, fair, and accessible manner. The groups advocated for the implementation of vote-by-mail, the expansion of early voting, and viable in-person voting options. 

“Congress must provide states with at least $4 billion to prepare for the 2020 November and primary elections, and time is of the essence. In the last coronavirus response package, Congress provided only $400 million to states for election assistance. While a step in the right direction, that sum will defray only a fraction of the costs associated with implementing the necessary adjustments to safeguard the electoral process. In its next package, Congress must provide at least an additional $3.6 billion to help states prepare for 2020 elections amidst the COVID-19 crisis,” the groups wrote.

“Although large numbers of Americans will vote by mail this year, in-person voting options remain essential for the 2020 elections to be truly fair and accessible. In-person voting is still necessary, notwithstanding the challenges posed by COVID-19, because many communities in America simply will not have full and fair access to the election without in-person voting options and for others it is their preferred option,” said the groups.  “Accordingly, we must provide safe and effective in-person voting options, in order to prevent disenfranchising any American.  Unless we do so, marginalized communities will be locked out of this election.”

The letter is available here, and is signed by the following groups (this list will continue to be updated*):

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law**
MALDEF**
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.**

9to5

A. Philip Randolph Institute

ACCESS

ADL (Anti-Defamation League)

Advancement Project National Office

AFL-CIO

African American Ministers In Action

Alliance for Youth Action

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

American Federation of Teachers

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Andrew Goodman Foundation

APIA Vote-MI

Arab American Institute (AAI)

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

Brave New Films

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

Campaign Legal Center

Can’t Stop! Won’t Stop! Consulting

Center for American Progress

Center for Civic Policy

Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice

Center for Disability Rights

Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Center for Media and Democracy

Center for Public Representation

Center for Science and Democracy – Union of Concerned Scientists

Central American Resource Center

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Clean Elections Texas

Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy, & Research Organization (CLLARO)

Common Cause

Common Cause Florida

Common Cause New Mexico

Communications Workers of America

Community Change Action

Community Votes

Council on American Islamic Relations Connecticut (CAIR CT)

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Courts Matter Illinois

CPC – Chinese-American Planning Council

Declaration for American Democracy

Demand Justice

Democracy 21

Democracy Matters

Democracy Nashville/Democratic Communities

Demos

Earthjustice

Economic Policy Institute

Education Advocacy Representation & Leadership for Youth – MO

Equal Citizens

Equality California

Fair Elections Center

Fair Fight Action

FairVote

Fix Democracy First

Generation Progress

Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda

Greenpeace USA

Hispanic Federation

Human Rights Campaign

Impact Fund

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

Indigenous Women Rising

Indivisible

Inspired by Common Cause

Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Labor Council for latin American Advancement

Lambda Legal

League of Conservation Voters

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

League of Women Voters of the United States

MapLight

Maryland PIRG

Matthew Shepard Foundation

Minnesota Alliance for Democracy

Missouri Voter Protection Coalition

Muslim Advocates

Muslim Public Affairs Council

NAACP

NALEO Educational Fund

NARAL Pro-Choice America

National Action Network

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter

National Bar Association

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

National Disability Rights Network

National Education Association

National Employment Lawyers Association

National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Redistricting Foundation

National Urban League Young Professionals

Native American Rights Fund

NCJW Chicago North Shore

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA

New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics

New Mexico Immigrant Law Center

New Mexico Thrives

New York Immigration Coalition

North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT)

Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates

Northwest Kenyan Community Association

NYS Elections Commissioner Association

OCA – New York Chapter

OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates

Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy

OneAmerica

Our Maryland

Parents for Public Schools, Inc.

Peace Action

People For the American Way

PFLAG National

Phillips Temple CME Church

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Progressive Turnout Project

ProgressNow Education Fund

Public Citizen

Represent Maryland

RepresentUs

Rock the Vote

SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Sierra Club

Sierra Club Maine

Silver State Equality-Nevada

SMART Elections

Sojourners

SPLC Action Fund

Spread The Vote

Stand Up America

TASH, Inc.

Texas Civil Rights Project

Texas Progressive Action Network

Transformative Justice Coalition

UnidosUS

Union for Reform Judaism

United Mine Workers of America

Verified Voting

Voices for Progress

Vote.org

Voting Rights Lab

When We All Vote

YMCA of Greater New York

YWCA USA