Fair elections are a paramount concern for elders who value the constitutional right to vote and who understand that an election that reflects the will of the people is the cornerstone of a successful democracy. Fair elections are a prerequisite to environmental, social, and economic policies and subsequent legislation that responsibly address climate change and other issues key to our society’s well-being.
In the April 7, 2020 Wisconsin election debacle, many polling places were shuttered, and voters were not provided a reasonable opportunity to vote by mail. Some poll workers subsequently succumbed to COVID-19. This debacle awakened us to the reality that we must ensure and protect the rights of all voters to cast a ballot freely, securely, and safely. Conducting a fair election this year requires national and state reforms of election law and procedure, and investment in voting capacity development.
What is needed for fair and safe elections?
- State and local election authorities need immediate federal funds to properly administer the 2020 elections
- Eligible citizens need the opportunity to vote safely, i.e. vote-by-mail
- Early voting, safe and plentiful polling places, online or automatic voter registration, streamlined identity verification and other measures are all necessary
- Other sources of voter suppression and unequal access to voting need to be addressed
What will we Elders do?
Elder’s Climate Action Stand for Fair Elections campaign will build on the commitment of our more than 10,000 members to work smartly and tirelessly for this essential step towards real democracy. We are starting with a strong message to Congress:
Fund safe elections now! According to election experts, our states and communities will need at least $3 billion of immediate federal funding to conduct a fair and safe 2020 election. We vote consistently and we insist on the right for all to vote safely. We care deeply about this issue, we are watching, and we intend to hold our elected officials accountable for supporting safe and fair elections.
Please take a moment to let your U.S. senators and representatives know how strongly you feel about doing everything they can to ensure a safe and fair 2020 election. We’ve made it easy for you – just click on our Action Letter page.