In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and other threats to public health and safety, all states have a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety of voters by expanding safe voting options, including the option to vote by mail. Five states— Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Utah— already hold all-mail elections securely, demonstrating that it is possible to make voting safe, secure, and more convenient for all eligible voters.
Several states, including Michigan, West Virginia, Georgia, Nebraska, and Iowa, will send applications to already-registered voters allowing them to request absentee ballots in the Primary and General Elections. If you live in these states, request your absentee ballot right away — many people will be trying to vote by mail this year, so leave enough time for your application to be processed if you’d like to vote safely from home. Other states, including Nevada, already allow any voter to vote absentee by mail. To keep voters safe from COVID-19, Nevada election officials will hold an all-mail election for their upcoming primary.
And speaking of credible information, please be alert as you scan social media and other public spaces for voting information this year. Political operatives working to suppress Black voter turnout use a variety of tactics to scare, confuse, or discourage us from casting ballots that count. But as the COVID-19 pandemic and recent tragedies have made clear this year, the ability to vote for people and policies that protect Black lives is a matter of life and death. We must organize, vote, and be counted this year in order to survive and thrive in the years to come. You can rely on us here at Color Of Change for the information you need to make sure you count in our democracy.