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Statement

Election Officials Call for Increased Election Funding

Local election officials call for an increase to funding being considered in the current stimulus package to ensure the security and resiliency of our nation’s election system.

Published: March 22, 2020

March 22, 2020

Dear Leader McCon­nell, Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy and Leader Schu­mer:

As local elec­tion offi­cials, we are on the front lines in the effort to protect every voter and every vote. This year, we face unpre­ced­en­ted chal­lenges in fulfilling our respons­ib­il­it­ies. Due to the current pandemic, primary and local elec­tions across the coun­try have been post­poned and resched­uled. Our colleagues have been forced to make last minute changes to polling places, and conduct elec­tions without suffi­cient staff or poll worker support, as we work to balance public safety and the sacred right to vote.

As this situ­ation unfolds, it is clear that we must act now. We urge you to include substan­tial fund­ing in the coronavirus stim­u­lus pack­age so that we have the abil­ity and resources to ensure that our voters can parti­cip­ate safely and with confid­ence in our elec­tions.

$140 million is a start but it is simply not enough to give all local elec­tion offi­cials the support needed to plan and pay for the changes that will be neces­sary for elec­tions in light of how COVID-19 is creat­ing new norms that cannot be ignored as we continue forward. 

We are commit­ted to protect­ing every voter and every vote. We ask you to increase the elec­tions fund­ing being considered in the current stim­u­lus pack­age to ensure the secur­ity and resi­li­ency of our nation’s elec­tion system. We thank you for your lead­er­ship and part­ner­ship in this diffi­cult time.

 

Cathy Darling Allen, Clerk/Regis­trar of Voters, Shasta County, CA

Court­ney Bailey-Kanelos, Regis­trar of Voters, Sacra­mento County, CA

Jason Baker, Director, Clark County Board of Elec­tions, OH

Tina Barton, Clerk, Rochester Hills, MI

Kay Brown, Clerk/Elec­tion Author­ity, Chris­tian County, MO

Duncan Buell, Member, Board of Voter Regis­tra­tion and Elec­tions, Rich­land County, SC

Christina Buie, Clerk, Monroe County, MO

Julie M. Bustamante, Clerk/Recorder, Lassen County, CA

Brenda Cabrera, Director of Elec­tions, Fair­fax, VA

Judd Choate, Director of Elec­tions, Color­ado Depart­ment of State

Bill Cowles, Super­visor of Elec­tions, Orange County, FL 

Dana Debeau­voir, Clerk, Travis County, TX

Lisa Deeley, Phil­adelphia City Commis­sioner, Chair­wo­man, PA

Batina Dodge, Clerk, Scot­land County, MO

Valerie Dorn­ber­ger, Clerk/Elec­tion Author­ity, Marion County, MO

Lauri Ealom, Director, Kansas City Board of Elec­tions, MO

Jennifer Edwards, Super­visor of Elec­tions, Collier County, FL

Lori Edwards, Super­visor of Elec­tions, Polk County, FL

Eric Fey, Director of Elec­tions, St Louis County, MO

Adrian Fontes, Recorder, Mari­copa County, AZ

Kammi Foote, Clerk/Recorder, Inyo County, CA

Joe P. Gloria, Regis­trar of Voters, Clark County, NV

Nellie M. Gorbea, Secret­ary of State, State of Rhode Island

Jeff Green­burg, Director of Elec­tions, Mercer County, PA

Jena Gris­wold, Secret­ary of State, State of Color­ado 

Thad Hall, Elec­tions Director, Coconino County, AZ

Patty Hansen, Coconino County Recorder, Flag­staff, AZ

Ricky Hatch, Clerk/Auditor, Weber County, UT

Katie Hobbs, Secret­ary of State, State of Arizona

Leslie Hoff­man, Recorder, Yavapai County, AZ

Adam John­son, Chief Deputy County Clerk, DuPage County, IL

Karla John­son, Clerk/Auditor, Kane County, UT 

Toni John­son, Elec­tion Commis­sioner, Hinds County, MS

Jean Kaczmarek, Clerk, DuPage County, IL

Neal Kelley, Regis­trar of Voters, Orange County, CA

Joseph Kirk, Director of Elec­tions, Bartow County, GA

Jared W. Kutz, Clerk/Elec­tion Author­ity, Perry County, MO

Stephanie Lebron, Clerk, Iron County, MO

Brianna Lennon, Clerk, Boone County, MO

Amber Lopez, Deputy Director, Clark County Board of Elec­tions, OH

Scott A. McDon­ell, Clerk, Dane County, WI

Jackie Morris, Clerk, Sulli­van County, MO

Bill O’Neill, Regis­trar of Voters, County of El Dorado, CA

Gail L. Pellerin, Clerk, Santa Cruz County, CA

Gretchen Reine­meyer, Director of Elec­tions, Arling­ton County, VA

Rob Rock, Director of Elec­tions, RI Depart­ment of State

Virginia Ross, Recorder, Pinal County, AZ

Shane Schoeller, Clerk, Greene County, MO

Will Senning, Director of Elec­tions and Campaign Finance, VT Secret­ary of State’s Office

Steve Simon, Secret­ary of State, State of Minnesota

Kim Smith, Deputy Elec­tions Director, Defi­ance County, OH

Linda Stover, Clerk, Berna­lillo County, NM

Chris Swope, Clerk, Lans­ing, MI

James Tatum, Judge of Probate of Bullock County, AL

Susette M. Taylor, Clerk/Pres­id­ent Elect of MO Assn. of Counties, Atchison County, MO

Allen P. Tempert, Elec­tions Director, Mohave County, AZ

Diane Thompson, Clerk and Elec­tion Author­ity, John­son County, MO 

Chris Walker, Clerk, Jack­son County, OR

Tonya Wich­man, Elec­tions Director, Defi­ance County, OH

Maribeth Witzel-Behl, City Clerk, City of Madison, WI