GOP, quit block­ing a bill to en­sure fair and safe elec­tions in Novem­ber

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

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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