The National Task Force on Election Crises, a bipartisan group comprised of former government officials, political scientists, and good government activists, released its first set of guidelines intended to safeguard the sanctity of elections amid the Covid-19 epidemic.
Its first guide provides suggestions to legislators serving in all levels of government. These recommendations include:
- Expanding no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail
- Maximizing early voting days and hours (including allowing curbside voting)
- Increasing the number of polling places and other voting options
- Guidance on the expansion of gubernatorial emergency election powers
- Proactive, transparent communication with voters
The task force plans to release further guides in the upcoming weeks and months as the situation evolves.
“In a critical election year, steps can and must be taken to ensure that the democratic process proceeds on schedule through the November election, while protecting the health of both voters and poll workers,” said Trevor Potter, President of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center and a former Republican Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, according to a recent press release. “Our election processes and infrastructure will continue to be tested by the coronavirus. Policymakers and election officials must ensure that every eligible American has access to the ballot box because the essence of democracy is that every eligible voter must have the opportunity to participate. Elections have endured in other times of crisis, and they will in 2020.”
Protect Democracy convened the task force in 2019 to ensure free and fair elections in 2020. Make sure to stay up to date on the task force’s latest recommendations through its website, ElectionTaskForce.org.