On March 19, Democracy North Carolina submitted a letter to the State Board of Elections offering initial ideas on election administration responses to the challenges posed by COVID-19. The letter was developed and endorsed by a slate of pro-democracy organizations, including ACLU of North Carolina, Common Cause NC, and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. Recommendations include:
1) lowering the barriers for absentee voting;
2) preparing for potential poll worker shortages; and
3) implementing an online voter registration system.
Bottom line: COVID-19 requires immediate emergency action by government agencies in order to protect voters and elections staff.