If America conducted elections during the Civil War and World War II, the Coronavirus should not interfere with elections taking place now, and especially the Presidential Election in November. There is ample time and a number of options that can be put in place now and the coming months.
The Federal Election system need not be caught flatfooted in ensuring that citizens will be able to vote in November because of failing of invest and preparing viable options for elections to take place in every state. Learn from the Public Health system, which was woefully unprepared to handle the coronavirus, because of a lack of preparation and adequate funding. Moving forward, the coronavirus should not interfere with elections.
The massive spread of the virus and the crippling impact it is having on the economy and every aspect of American life could have been significantly minimized if not avoided had the Public Health System had a plan in place for such a pandemic. There has been decades of neglect and underfunding in resources, medical equipment, and personnel that could have been mobilized for such a time as this.
If the Federal and State Election system begin now putting a plan and options in place that will ensure that every eligible citizen will be able to vote, the coronavirus should not interfere with elections. Elections should be able to take place in towns, cities and states all across America.
We are already getting warning signals during the Presidential primaries. Several states, Georgia, Louisiana, and Ohio, postponed their primary elections because of fears about the coronavirus. Clearly, the health and well-being of citizens should be the priority. But, why is it necessary to have to make such a choice?
Many states have already implemented voting by mail. Many others have extended early voting options to everyone without restrictions. Absentee ballots have long been used in nursing homes, the military, and other situations where voters are unable to vote in person. These and other options should be more readily available as options for all eligible voters. The coronavirus should not interfere with elections, especially the November Presidential election.
Congress should pass legislation now with the needed funding to allow the election system to implement options that will ensure that every American can vote. Based on current projections, the country could still be reeling from this global pandemic. If not in a massive way, we certainly could be experiencing a weak and feeble recovery.
To President Trump and Congress, please prepare our election system to keep our democracy strong amid this health crisis. This health crisis should be our lesson about the need and importance of advance preparation. The coronavirus should not interfere with elections, which could further cripple our American way of life.
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