The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated inequities in this country with black people being disproportionately impacted, dying at nearly three times the rate of white people in this country and filing for unemployment at 16.8% compared to 12.4% for white Americans. Unfortunately, this pandemic is not only a public health emergency and economic crisis, it is also a threat to the very foundation of our democracy: free and fair elections. To address this threat we must ensure that all voters have the option of voting by mail and safe in person voting. To achieve this the following measures must be adopted:
- extended early in-person voting period (allowing for voters to come in over a spread-out period rather than in a cluster on Election Day),
- no-excuse absentee voting-by-mail (including a number of options through which to request and return ballots),
- expanded voter registration options (including online voter registration and same-day voter registration), prohibition of polling place adjustments that disproportionately impact vulnerable populations (such as people of color, Native Americans, limited-English proficient citizens, people with disabilities, and students), and
- voter education (informing the public of new practices and immediately quashing disinformation as it arises).