Advisory: Can I Vote? How to Vote? When to Vote?

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

For immediate release October 6, 2020
Contact: Roger Kerson, 734.645.0535

Advisory: Thursday October 8, 2:00 PM ET

New “Roadblocks and Remedies” Report from
Democracy Initiative shows progress and offers SOLUTIONS
to remaining hazards on the road to Election Day

WASHINGTON – The 2020 election presents U.S. voters with unprecedented challenges. Voting this year isn’t as simple as going to a nearby church, school or civic building on the first Tuesday in November. With Early Voting and vote-by-mail now underway, voters are asking: “How do I Vote?” along with when to vote; where to vote; and will my vote count?

Today, Thursday Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. ET, the Democracy Initiative will release, “Roadblocks and Remedies – The State of Voting 2020.” This timely and comprehensive new report will show the progress made by democracy advocates in expanding access to the ballot in 2020 and identifies solutions to ten remaining obstacles to voting and ballot access in all 50 states.

Who: Wendy Fields, Executive Director, Democracy Initiative
         Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State
         Nse Ufot, The New Georgia Project
         Dr. Corey Wiggins, President, Mississippi State Conference NAACP
         Scott Holiday, SEIU Health Care Michigan

What: Zoom media briefing on “Roadblocks and Remedies: The State of Voting 2020”

When: Today, Thursday, October 8, 2 pm ET

Where: To receive call info RSVP to, 734.645.0535

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will join the call to discuss her efforts to implement of the 2018 “Promote the Vote” ballot initiative, which allows no-excuse vote-by-mail and Early Voting for all Michigan voters.

“The real story of this election is that a growing democracy movement has steadily expanded ballot access and we have the tools – in the face of an unprecedented public health crisis – to respond to a pandemic election,” said Wendy Fields, executive director of the Democracy Initiative. “But not everyone is aware of new rules, new deadlines and potential hazards that remain on the road to Election Day.”  

“Democracy advocates are undertaking a massive voter education effort,” added Fields. “We’re fighting back against a supersized effort at voter suppression, based on racism, fake news and phony claims about ‘election fraud.’”

The DI report will detail how and where a majority of U.S. voters have access to vote-by-mail and Early Voting, with multiple options available in nearly every state.

By Election Day 2020, only one state – Mississippi – will have just one voting option – in person voting on Election Day – for all voters.

Roadblocks and Remedies” identifies remedies to 10 common roadblocks to successful voting, including voter suppression tactics, delayed ballots, potential challenges posed by the slowdown of the US mail, closed polling places, purges of voter rolls, restrictive voter ID laws, and ballot drop boxes that have been decommissioned. The report provides solutions to assist voters in successful voting in 2020

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The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of 75 organizations with a collective 45 million members fighting for workers, civil rights, social justice and the environment. DI partner organizations are united in their commitment to realizing the promise of American democracy where all people have an equal seat at the governance table.