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In the last few weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown our country into crisis. Many thousands of vulnerable people have seen their jobs disappear and their loved ones fall ill. To fully recover from this disaster -- and prevent the next one -- we’ll need better health care, stronger unions, and a vastly improved social safety net. But to win such changes, we must first protect the integrity of our democracy.

That’s why we’re calling on Congress to fully fund a vote-by-mail system for the November presidential election. Click here to email your Representative and Senators.

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No American should have to choose between protecting their health and casting their vote. Already, the coronavirus outbreak has compelled many states to expand access to mail-in voting, a common-sense measure that allows everyone to exercise their franchise without risking a visit to the polls. But so far, Congress has made only $400 million available to fund mail-in voting at the national level, far less than the minimum $2 billion needed to make sure every American will be able to vote by mail.

Though it may not be making headlines, this budget item could make or break the integrity of our election in November. We do not know what the status of the coronvarius pandemic will be by then, but we do know that the only way to guarantee the election will proceed as normal is to ensure that every single registered voter in America is able to cast a ballot from the safety of their home. Anything less is an attack on democracy.

Please join in demanding that your congressional representatives support at least $2 billion in funding for this year’s November election so that, even in a pandemic, every American will be able to cast their vote.

In times of crisis, it’s especially important we safeguard everyone’s democratic rights. We cannot risk the coronavirus being used as an excuse for voter suppression. The time is now to fully fund mail-in voting for every American.

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-- The RootsAction.org Team

P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.

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