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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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