Letter to the Editor: Congress Should Fund Vote-by-Mail for All

Dear Editor,

COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on our families, our economy, and our elections. But Congress has the power to intervene right now.

In response to safety concerns and pressure from constituents like me, Congress has already passed limited funds to expand absentee voting, online registration, and in-person early voting, but it’s simply not enough.

Without $4 billion in total funding for election assistance, voters may not be able to make their voices heard during one of the most important elections of our lifetime. We need our leaders to prevent a situation where any voter is forced to choose between protecting their health and casting their ballot.

While these policies are critical as we recover from this national crisis, voting reforms like expanding no-excuse absentee voting and online voter registration are common-sense changes that will help voters participate in the political process.

Multiple states have already adopted vote-by-mail, and their models could be implemented across the country.

I expect Congress to provide more economic relief, but the next bill also needs to include expanded funding for mail-in voting, more early voting at safe polling places, and other options to make voting as safe as possible this November.

If voting by mail is good enough for Donald Trump, it should be good enough for all of us. Congress needs to make it possible for every eligible American to vote by mail if they choose to do so.

Regards,

JAMIE HOLT

San Jose

4 Comments

  1. The beauty of vote by mail is that anybody that lives at the address the ballot is sent to can fill it out and send it in.

    How about we allow vote by mail?

    I like it.

    However, anybody who fraudulently submits a ballot is subject to the death penalty.

    Any takers?

  2. Vote tampering, vote harvesting, vote fraud, vote dumping, no voter ID, active service members delayed or not counted, postal worker tampering with ballots. With all that is at stake in this election
    you would have everyone drop there ballot, their money, their lives into a box in a sea of postal chaos?

    I just had a package go back and forth after UPS deliver it to the post office down the street back to the main post office 3 round trips taking and extra week before it was delivered.
    A fool and his vote are soon parted!

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