In response to the COVID-19 crisis, NC House lawmakers have just filed emergency election legislation. As drafted, House Bill 1169 would relax some poll worker recruitment requirements, reduce vote-by-mail witness requirements to one, and provide a modest financial match to release critical, federal election funds to our counties. While HB1169’s common-sense proposals would make it easier for some to cast a ballot amid the pandemic, it ignores other key bipartisan recommendations provided months ago and adds unnecessary and potentially-confusing photo voter ID language already blocked by two separate courts.
Amendments to HB1169 are immediately needed in the House Elections and Ethics Committee to expand voter protections, and ensure this vital legislation does more to keep all of our state’s voters safe during the 2020 elections.
ACT NOW: Tell House Elections and Ethics Committee to expand HB1169 with measures that:
No one knows what the future holds, but we should all agree: NC should not repeat the mistakes of states that have unnecessarily exposed voters to the deadly coronavirus. Your actions now will encourage lawmakers to make important decisions sooner than later that make sure no voter – regardless of party — is left behind this fall.
House Elections and Ethics Committee Members:
With so many unknowns swirling around the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our elections, election relief bill House Bill 1169 must provide additional common sense solutions to make it easier for all voters to cast a ballot at home or in-person in the upcoming 2020 elections.
In addition to relaxing some poll worker recruitment requirements, reducing vote-by-mail witness requirements to one, and providing a modest financial match to release critical, federal election funds to our counties, HB1169 must do more to protect more voters. That includes things like:
These much-needed additions would give North Carolina a better shot at avoiding the mistakes of other states that have unnecessarily exposed voters to the deadly coronavirus and keep even more of our state’s voters safe during the fast-approaching 2020 elections.
As a North Carolina voter, can I count on you to support amendments that would expand HB1169’s basic protections for North Carolina voters this month?