States Must Act Now To Fortify Elections and Voting Against Coronavirus

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This post originally appeared on the Center for American Progress. It has been republished with permission.

To ensure Americans can cast ballots that count, states must take steps now to update election procedures—while mitigating coronavirus health concerns. Pictured: Students at Roanoke College on election night in 2012. (Roanoke College)

Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides $400 million in emergency funding to help states prepare their elections for the COVID-19 pandemic.

While November’s election may seem far away, it is critical that states start acting now to make sure as many of their residents as possible can vote by mail. Additionally, states must take steps to expand in-person and early voting options for those who need it and to provide resources for online and same-day…

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