Speak Up for Voting Rights

NOW is the time to prepare for November’s election.  The primary elections in Wisconsin serve as a wake-up call to all of us, especially for our friends and family living in states without a robust vote-by-mail election system like Colorado enjoys. If there is a silver lining to the Wisconsin mess, it is to warn us that we must act swiftly across the country to prevent an electoral train wreck in November.

See below for some recommended reading… and here are some actions you can take to sound the alarm for fair, equitable, and SAFE access to voting for every American during this election and those in the future.

Sign Petitions to Protect the November 2020 Election by Offering Vote-by-Mail in all 50 States and Fully Fund the USPS

Donate to organizations like MoveOn, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, or Common Cause, who are leading efforts demanding that Congress provide the necessary funding to keep the USPS open and for states to invest in their election systems before November.

Attend the Protect Our Vote Livestream on April 20 at 6:00pm Mountain. Guest speakers will include Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Use a tool like Resist.bot to write, call, and email your Senators and Congressional representatives demanding they support mail-in ballot elections in all 50 states and funding for the U.S.P.S. Write and send letters to the editor of local and state media outlets demanding the same (which also can be done via Resist.bot).

Share this article on social media outlining How to Vote By Mail in All 50 States with friends and family who don’t live in a state like ours where everyone is automatically mailed their ballot. Also let people know that if getting a stamp to return their ballot is a challenge, “It is the U.S. Postal Service’s policy to not delay returning ballots to the appropriate Board of Election as addressed on the return ballot envelope [because of insufficient postage],” according to Postal Service spokesperson Kim Frum. This isn’t widely publicized because if voters started leaving stamps off their mail-in ballots en masse, it could significantly drive up election administration costs for an already struggling U.S. Postal Service. On the flip side, U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, a Texas Democrat, who introduced a bill in 2016 called the Postage Free Ballot Act, which would have given the Postal Service the funding to cover postage for all mail-in ballots, compared the cost of stamps to a poll tax. 

Trump’s insistence on allowing the U.S.P.S. to fail by not allowing any allocation in COVID-19 Response bills to  support this critical piece of infrastructure is nothing short of a blatant attempt at voter suppression. So while you’re taking the actions listed above to support vote-by-mail for all…head on over to the U.S.P.S. web store and buy as many stamps as you can afford to help them stay afloat.

Some Recommended Reading:

What It Will Take to Protect the 2020 Election
We know how much it will cost to safeguard voting from effects of the pandemic. Congress approved only one-fifth of that.

It’s time for Democrats to start playing hard ball against the GOP’s threat to the 2020 election
After a terrible day for democracy in Wisconsin, Democrats must refuse to pass any more recovery bills

Pandemic threatens monster turnout in November
Election administrators and voting-rights experts say there’s little time to change November voting procedures to account for coronavirus

We must learn from recent voting debacles
Making the large-scale transition to mail-in ballots will require a “significant public works project,” says Wendy Weiser, and an extremely “time-sensitive one.” Weiser directs the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. Congress allocated $400 million to this effort in its recent stimulus package, she notes, but she believes about $2 billion is needed.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls For National Voting Overhaul

Trump Is Pushing a False Argument on Vote-by-Mail Fraud. Here Are the Facts
As the coronavirus pandemic accelerates a national trend toward voting by mail, experts say it can be conducted safely, despite Republican claims of corruption.