FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VOTESAFE: ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE SECURE
Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2020): In response to President Trump’s tweet containing misinformation regarding absentee voting processes, Governors Tom Ridge and Jennifer Granholm, Co-Chairs of VoteSafe, released the following statement:
Absentee ballots are not new. One in four Americans already votes absentee, including the 2016 Presidential election. The President, who just voted absentee in the Florida primary, has said we are at war against Covid. He’s right—and so as we battle this virus, Americans deserve safe options to cast their vote. It’s disappointing to see the President sowing seeds of doubt about absentee voting when it has proven time and again to be secure—especially at a time when Americans may not feel safe going to a polling location. Let’s give them options so they can cast their vote with confidence. Our states already have aggressive processes in place to deter voter fraud in the rare cases that it does occur.
In an open letter, Ridge and Granholm are calling on elections administrators to sign onto VoteSafe principles:
- All states and US territories should ensure voters have accessible, secure mail-in ballots and safe, in-person voting sites.
- Congress should ensure that states have the resources they need to protect their voters and elections.
VoteSafe is committed to ensuring that the right to vote safely transcends politics and partisanship.
For more information, go to VoteSafe.US.
VoteSafe is a cross-partisan coalition of elections administrators and organizations ensuring that every American has the right to vote safely and securely.