Voting Safely in a Pandemic, Hearing Before the Committee on House Administration, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, August 28, 2020   [open pdf - 11MB]

This is the August 28, 2020 hearing on "Voting Safely in a Pandemic," held before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration. From the opening statement of Zoe Lofgren: "Free and fair elections and unencumbered access to voting are the bedrock of our democracy. And yet, today, during a global pandemic the likes of which our country has not experienced in more than a century, voters are worried about how to safely vote and how to navigate potential disruptions this November. Nearly half of Americans expect difficulties voting this fall, according to recent polling by the Pew Research Center. It doesn't have to be that way. No one should be forced to choose between their right to vote or their health. [...] This crisis has devastated many families and disrupted our way of life. The virus will continue to affect how we live for the foreseeable future, including how we vote. [...] This year, many States have changed their election procedures to make voting safer from a public health perspective. Although some voters in all 50 States can vote from home, the widest availability is for voters in 44 States and the District of Columbia who live in a no-excuse vote-by-mail State or where fear of COVID [coronavirus disease] counts as a valid excuse this fall. Other Americans can choose to vote early, in person, in one of 42 States that provide it. Early, in-person voting helps keep polling places less crowded. Or voters can go to polling places on election day itself." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Alex Padilla, Julie Wise, Amber McReynolds, Vanita Gupta, and Donald L. Palmer.

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