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HEROES Act Includes Funding Election Officials Need to Run Safe, Secure Elections in 2020

Election officials must receive the funding now to purchase, implement, and test equipment and technology necessary for November.

May 12, 2020
Contact: Rebecca Autrey, Media Contact,, 202-753-5904

The Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a stimulus package that would allocate $3.6 billion for state and local governments to make their election systems safe for voters and poll workers under pandemic conditions.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, had the following comment:

“Election officials need federal funding to keep our democracy running during the pandemic. This bill would mean we can have a free and participatory election in November.

“For election officials, the next few months are critical for obtaining supplies, installing new equipment, and testing new technology. Those preparations can’t wait un​til the fall. If Congress fails to provide the funding for this work, our democracy will suffer. Election results could be delayed by days and even weeks. And voters will find themselves disenfranchised.”

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