GOP, quit blocking a bill to ensure fair and safe elections in November
We’re five months out from the election, and Republicans in the U.S. Senate are still refusing to pass legislation to give states the resources they need to protect our elections during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In May, the U.S. House voted to provide $3.6 billion in election funds to states, but Senate Republicans have refused to bring up that bill for a vote. That money would help states expand options for vote-by-mail and early voting, to maintain safe in-person polling locations, and ensure people know about any changes to voting practices.
All Americans — Republicans and Democrats alike — should be able to vote safely and securely in this November’s election.
As we celebrate July 4 and our country’s freedoms, it’s important we ensure the promise of our democracy: One person, one vote.
Americans shouldn’t have to choose between their health and their vote. It’s time for Senate Republicans to stop stonewalling and provide the money necessary to ensure free, fair, and safe elections this November. There’s no time to wait.
Gabriella L. Brown, Bucktown
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