Ohio Democratic Party Signs On To Nationwide Letter To Protect 2020 Election From Coronavirus Pandemic

COLUMBUS — Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper joined with the chairs of 50 other state Democratic parties to sign onto a letter “calling for immediate federal and state action to ensure that every eligible voter has the opportunity to cast their ballot without the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.”

“Democracy must continue, despite the coronavirus crisis,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “That’s why we’re calling for additional resources and significant reforms, to make sure all Americans can exercise their right to vote, while staying safe and healthy.”

The letter is posted online here.

The state party chairs call for a $2 billion congressional appropriation for election administration and the following reforms:

  • a universal and easily accessible vote-by-mail system which should include:

    • provisions for free or prepaid postage,

    • allowing ballots postmarked by election day to count,

    • reforming any signature match laws to protect voters,

    • and allowing community organizations to collect and deliver voted, sealed ballots.

  • extended early voting periods to allow for in-person voters to practice social distancing

  • expanded voter registration options, including both online and same-day registration

  • voter outreach and education to raise awareness around these changes

  • prohibition of polling place adjustments that disproportionately affect marginalized communities

  • ensure that the millions of overseas American voters can participate fully in the political process