Memorandum from Majority Staff to Members of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Regarding Examination of States' Preparedness for the November Election, September 9, 2020   [open pdf - 162KB]

From the Document: "The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is examining states' efforts to ensure a free, fair, and safe general election during the coronavirus pandemic. On August 14, 2020, the Select Subcommittee and the Committee on House Administration sent letters to the chief election administration officials of four states--Texas, Georgia, Florida and Wisconsin--where voters faced serious impediments to casting their ballots during the 2020 primary elections. The letters sought information on the states' efforts to prevent similar problems in the general election. To that end, the letters also asked about states' plans to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending that states provide alternatives to in-person voting such as voting by mail, extended early voting, and safe polling places with distancing and sanitization precautions. The Select Subcommittee's investigation revealed that these states face the risk of serious problems in the general election, including inadequate polling places and shortages of poll workers. In some of these states, these risks are exacerbated by state policies restricting mail-in voting and early voting. States should take immediate action to fix these problems--including by supporting local election officials and implementing best practices from other states--in order to ensure all voters can cast their ballots without delays or risks to their health."

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