Bill introduced by Senators Klobuchar, Wyden would expand early in-person voting and no-excuse vote-by-mail to all states
WASHINGTON -- Today, Voto Latino, a grassroots organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, is leading a new coalition of national civil rights and advocacy organizations in supporting the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020 (NDEBA), legislation introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). The legislation would ensure Americans are still able to vote by expanding early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail to all states, and allowing voters who did not receive an absentee ballot, to use a printable ballot currently only provided for military and overseas voters.
“In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Voto Latino and its coalition partners are proud to endorse these crucially-needed election accessibility and safety measures that will ensure any and all Americans who are eligible to vote, are able to do so safely,” said María Teresa Kumar, Founding President and CEO of Voto Latino. “It is the responsibility of our elected leaders to ensure the health and safety of the American people, especially as voters across the country seek to make their voices heard at polls, both in their respective states’ primary elections and the general election in November.”
The coalition led by Voto Latino is made up of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance; Indivisible; NextGen America; March For Our Lives; Promise Arizona in Action; Progressive Turnout Project; MANA, A National Latina Organization; Mi Familia Vota; Rock the Vote; RAICES Action; When We All Vote; National Council of Jewish Women; Stop Handgun Violence; National Black Justice Coalition; Progressive Change Campaign Committee; Generation Citizen; and Human Rights Campaign.
The bill was previously endorsed by Fair Fight Action; Common Cause; Let America Vote Action Fund; End Citizens United Action Fund; Democracy 21; NALEO Education Fund; Public Citizen; Free Speech for the People; National Education Association; Business for America; Rainbow PUSH Coalition; Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez; California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla; and Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon.
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