- Holding Safe and Fair Elections in 2020
Holding Safe and Fair Elections in 2020
All Americans deserve fair access to cast their vote safely and securely even when facing an unprecedented combination of political polarization and a global coronavirus pandemic.
FairVote’s mission is grounded in ensuring that every voter matters in every election. The following is a resource for voters and those seeking to take actions on how to best ensure safe elections with high participation this fall. It includes resource guides from journalists, government associations, think tanks and coalition partners in response to voting questions as they arise.
Featured Civic Events Backed by FairVote:
2020 Voting Guides:
Vote.org lists each state’s election policies during the pandemic.
- The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project is an initiative aimed at addressing the challenge of holding elections in the midst of a global pandemic.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a report: Considerations for Election Polling Locations and Voters
The National Conference of State Legislators has a website tracking state legislative and executive action on elections responsive to the pandemic.
The Bipartisan Policy Center and Facebook have partnered to launch a Voting Information Center on Facebook and Instagram, which will serve as a one-stop-shop to give people in the US the tools and information they need to make their voices heard at the ballot box.”
- The National Task Force on Election Crises issued an important resource: Lessons Learned from the Primaries: Recommendations for Avoiding a Crisis in November
The Brennan Center for Justice issued How to Protect the 2020 Vote from the Coronavirus
Ballotpedia is tracking election dates, measures, procedures and policies, including:
* Changes to primary election dates, procedures, and administration in response to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020
* Changes to ballot measure campaigns, procedures, and policies in response to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020
The United States continues to lag other major democracies in efficient and inclusive voter registration. Here are resources involving registering to vote this year.
Vote.gov provides a landing page for information on how to register to vote in every state and territory.
40 states and Washington, DC currently offer online voter registration. The National Conference of State Legislatures explains that online registration is generally less expensive to states than paper registration; NCSL also details voter ID requirements (if applicable) in states.
We know some partisans and foreign agents have sought to mislead voters, with new opportunities via social media and unregulated online content. Resources on how to combat voter disinformation campaigns include:
Mail-in / Absentee Voting:
The New York Times reports that as of August 2020, a record 76% of Americans will be able to vote-by-mail without an excuse this year. Several states have expanded vote-by-mail options this year.
Voter Access and Poll Workers:
Providing in-person access to polling stations is critically important for those who cannot rely upon mail or have not received mail-in ballots.
Election Schedule and Post-Election Dispute Resolution:
In this polarized time, many Americans fear the "other side" winning. Here are resources on what's likely to happen after the election.