Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Michelle Obama have teamed up to push voting by mail in a new MoveOn.org campaign.
The campaign reads:
With the threat of Covid-19 looming over the November election, Congress must act to ensure every American has the ability to cast their ballot safely and without unnecessary risk. Tell your elected officials to expand access to vote-by-mail, early voting, and online voter registration.
Why is this important?
During the Wisconsin primary this spring, thousands of voters risked their health and defied a stay-at-home order to exercise their right to vote. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only story of states not being prepared to hold safe and fair elections in the middle of a pandemic.
As our fellow When We All Vote Co-Chair Michelle Obama stated, “no one should have to choose between making their voices heard and being healthy and safe.” Every American deserves the right to cast their ballot safely and without unnecessary risk.
That’s why When We All Vote supports the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020, representing the organization’s first time supporting federal legislation. This bill aligned with When We All Vote’s voting principles:
Expand Access to Vote-by-Mail: Vote-by-mail could be the only safe and secure option for some Americans. States must offer multiple options for requesting, receiving, and returning mail-in ballots while maintaining the security of our voting system.
Expand Early In-Person Voting: While all Americans should have the choice to vote by mail, it is crucial that we recognize that many people will prefer to vote in-person. We must make in-person voting as safe and available as possible. Expanded early voting will allow voters to cast their ballot a few days or sometimes weeks before Election Day.
Expand Online Voter Registration: We should not make voter registration complicated if we really want everyone to participate. Online voter registration is a safe, accessible and secure way for voters all across this country can sign up to participate in our democracy. It allows eligible voters to quickly and easily register to vote online from the comfort of their own home.
We know that when we knock down barriers to casting their ballot and make voting more accessible no matter who you are, more people — especially young people and people of color — turn out to vote. And when we all vote, we create a stronger democracy.
As When We All Vote co-chairs, we’re joining together to launch this petition. Please add your name if you agree our nation must do more to guarantee safe and fair elections in 2020. Stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved.