The 2020 election season moves onward and, across America, people have been asked to either put their health at risk thanks to this pandemic—or not vote.
That’s completely inexcusable. In this time of crisis, we have to protect our health AND protect our democracy.
As New Yorkers, and especially as Long Islanders, we know exactly how important this is.
The solution is simple: nationwide #votebymail.
There is no good reason to delay taking action. Not one.
Voting by mail is safe, secure, and proven. It would allow Americans to exercise their most fundamental democratic rights, all while helping flatten this pandemic’s infection curve by staying home.
This is critical for vulnerable populations – our seniors, Americans with compromised immune systems, workers who have lost their health care – Americans who deserve a voice and a vote, no matter what. Vote-by-mail is also critical for heroes on the front lines – doctors, nurses, biomedical researchers – who shouldn’t be asked to leave work to stand in line at polling places.
Unfortunately, this has become a partisan fight. Donald Trump has even suggested that he’d prefer having fewer voters vote:
“They had levels of voting, that if you ever agreed to it you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”
A president of the United States… actually downplaying our civic duty. Unbelievable. And you can bet that Rep. Lee Zeldin is doing nothing to stand up for democracy.
Congress must act immediately to require states to make voting from home easier and to provide the funds to make it happen. In Congress, I will always put democracy first.