Washington, D.C. — Jana Morgan, the Campaign Director for the Declaration for American Democracy, issued the statement below on the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, which was introduced by House Democrats: 

“We applaud Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats for recognizing the enormous pressure that COVID-19 has put on our election system. We’ve already started to see the impact it has had on the primaries and must ensure that moving forward, voters can safely, securely, and efficiently exercise their right to vote while still protecting our public health. 

“This critical package includes much-needed election reform measures – including requiring states to expand early voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail, which build upon key reforms in the transformative For the People Act (H.R. 1) that passed in the House of Representatives last year. The package invests $4 billion in state and local elections to help ensure that all Americans can have their voices heard and votes counted.

“In this time of crisis, we must ensure our election can continue in November and states must spend the next few months putting in place policies to expand access to the ballot so everyone can participate in our democracy. We urge Senate Majority Leader McConnell and his colleagues in the Senate to support this critical measure – our democracy depends on it.”  

The Declaration for American Democracy was proud to join 150 organizations in calling on House and Senate leaders to protect voting rights in response to the global pandemic. 

About the Declaration for American Democracy

The Declaration for American Democracy is a diverse coalition of more than 145 democracy, environmental, labor, faith-based, good government, civil rights, and other groups focused on advancing the structural changes necessary to ensure our democracy reflects, responds to, and represents voters.