Democracy Wins in 2020 with Record Turnout; Nation Must Confront Urgent Business including COVID, Economic Relief, Climate Change, Inequality and Racial Justice

Sunday, November 8, 2020

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Roger Kerson, 734.645.0535, rkerson@democracyinitiative.org

Democracy Wins in 2020 with Record Turnout;
Nation Must Confront Urgent Business including COVID, Economic Relief,
Climate Change, Inequality and Racial Justice

Washington DC, November 8 – The following statement is from Wendy Fields, Executive Director of the Democracy Initiative:

“On behalf of 75 labor, civil rights and environmental organizations representing more than 45 million people, the Democracy Initiative congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory in the 2020 election. 

“With new leadership, our nation must confront urgent business: A comprehensive public health response to COVID-19. Economic relief for workers and small businesses. Bold action to confront climate change, address economic inequality and lift up racial justice.   

“The real winners this year are the American people and our democracy. This is the largest, most inclusive election in U.S. history, with nearly 160 million ballots cast and two-thirds of eligible voters participating. 

“This historic turnout is no accident. It’s the result of more than 20 years of organizing by grass roots activists who have worked tirelessly to expand access to the ballot through same day registration, early voting, vote by mail, restoration of voting rights to the formerly incarcerated and many other voter-friendly reforms. 

“Voters turned out in record numbers his year despite a pandemic. We exercised our right to vote despite attacks on our public postal service, a lack of resources for state and local elections and other systematic efforts by the powerful and the privileged to suppress voting, especially in Black and Brown communities. They failed. Democracy succeeded.

“State and local election administrators are the unsung heroes of this year’s election. Under intense scrutiny—and in many cases having to face down illegal threats and intimidationthese dedicated public servants, supported by tens of thousands of poll workers and volunteers delivered reliable and secure election results. They deserve our gratitude, and more support and resources for future elections."

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.

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