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Election Officials Call for More Election Funding in Next Stimulus Bill

Local election officials call for more federal funding as coronavirus-related election administration costs spike across the country.

Last Updated: May 13, 2020
Published: March 31, 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.

$400 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.


Tonnie Adams, Elections Supervisor, Heard County, GA

Karen B. Alexander, Director of Elections, Powhatan, VA

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

Michelle L. Anzaldi, Clerk, Pittsfield Charter Township, Ann Arbor, MI

Erica Armstrong, Clerk, City of Midland, MI

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

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

Tina Barton, City Clerk, Rochester Hills, MI

Christy Bates, Auditor, Keokuk County, IA

Judy A. Bigney, Clerk, Algoma Township, MI

Nan Benson, County Auditor/Recorder, Commissioner of Elections, Marshall, IA

Susan Bonham, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Harrison County, IA

Lisa Borgacz, Clerk, City of Mount Clemens, MI

Cynthia A. Bower, City Clerk, Taylor, MI

Judith Brown, Director of Elections, Loudoun County, VA

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

Louise D. Burke, Deputy Clerk, Charter Township of York Washtenaw County, MI

Stephanie Burke, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Montgomery County, IA

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

Sarah J Bydalek, Clerk, City of Walker, MI

Brenda Cabrera, Director of Elections, Fairfax, VA

Denise Chandler, Chairman of Electoral Board, Rappahannock County, VA

Judd Choate, Director of Elections, Colorado Department of State

Bill Cowles, Supervisor of Elections, Orange County, FL 

Dustin M. Czarny, Elections Commissioner (D) & NYSECA Democratic Caucus chair, Onondaga County, NY

Cari A. Dauber, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Cedar County, IA

Stephanie R. Daughton, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Decatur County, IA

Dana Debeauvoir, Clerk, Travis County, TX

Lisa Deeley, Philadelphia City Commissioner, Chairwoman, PA

Rhonda R. Deters, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Grundy County, IA

Stephen M. DeWitt, Democratic Commissioner of Elections, Tompkins County, NY

Batina Dodge, Clerk, Scotland County, MO

Ryan Dokter, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Sioux County, IA

Jill A. Domingo, Clerk, City of Albion, MI

Michelle Dooley, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Wayne County, IA

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

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

Adrian Fontes, Recorder, Maricopa County, AZ

Kammi Foote, Clerk/Recorder, Inyo County, CA

Denise Fraise, Auditor, Lee County, IA

Kathy Funk, Clerk, Charter Township of Flint, MI

Amber Garman, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Kossuth County, IA

Jennifer Garms, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Clayton County, IA

Mary Gillis, Deputy Clerk, Scio Township, Ann Arbor, MI

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

Jeff Greenburg, Director of Elections, Mercer County, PA

Thad Hall, Elections Director, Coconino County, AZ

Patty Hansen, Coconino County Recorder, Flagstaff, AZ

Ricky Hatch, Clerk/Auditor, Weber County, UT

Lisa Kay Hathaway, Clerk, City of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Leslie Hoffman, Recorder, Yavapai County, AZ

Marc Hoffman, Director of Elections and Voter Registrar, City of Fredericksburg, VA

Deidre B. Holden, Supervisor of Elections and Registration, Paulding County, GA

Evan Hope, Clerk, Delhi Township, MI

Linda Humphrey, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Davis County, IA

Dawn B. Jenkins, General Registrar/Director of Elections, Westmoreland County, VA

Kelly A Jepsen, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Pocahontas County, IA

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

Karla Johnson, Clerk/Auditor, Kane County, UT 

Terri Johnson, Auditor, Des Moines County, IA

Toni Johnson, Election Commissioner, Hinds County, MS

Jean Kaczmarek, Clerk, DuPage County, IL

Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County, CA

Dabney Kirchman, Vice Chairman of Electoral Board, Rappahannock County, VA

Joseph Kirk, Director of Elections, Bartow County, GA

Sally Krisel, Deputy Director, Hamilton County Board of Elections, OH

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

Katie Lacey, Election Commissioner, Cayuga County, NY

Eric Van Lancker, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Clinton County, IA

Cathy Lane, Clerk, Charter Township of Grand Blanc, MI

Lisa Lawitzke, Deputy Clerk, Bellevue Township, MI

Richard LeBlanc, Clerk, City of Westland, MI

Stephanie Lebron, Clerk, Iron County, MO

Brianna Lennon, Clerk, Boone County, MO

Susan Lloyd, County Auditor/Commissioner of Elections and ISACA District 3 President, Buena Vista County, IA

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

Julie L Masters, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Lucas County, IA

Jennifer L. Maynard, Director of Elections and General Registrar, City of Franklin, VA

Scott A. McDonell, Clerk, Dane County, WI

Joel D. Miller, Auditor, Linn County, IA

Kimberly McKiernan, VREO Director of Elections, Rappahannock County, VA

Roxanna Moritz, Auditor/Commissioner of Elections and President of the Iowa State Association of County Auditors, Scott County, IA

Jackie Morris, Clerk, Sullivan County, MO

Miguel J Nunez, Deputy Director of Elections, State of Rhode Island Board of Elections

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

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

Janice Pockrandt, Deputy City Clerk, Center Line, MI

Sherry Poland, Director, Hamilton County Board of Elections, OH

Robert Rapoza, Executive Director, State of Rhode Island Board of Elections

Gretchen Reinemeyer, Director of Elections, Arlington County, VA

Sheila Reitz, Clerk, Township of Buchanan, Berrien County, MI

Allan Richeson, Director of Elections, Prince George County, VA

Greg Rigby, Supervisor of Elections, Carroll County, GA

Sheran Rigg, Assistant Registrar, Rappahannock County, VA

Rob Rock, Director of Elections, RI Department of State

Virginia Ross, Recorder, Pinal County, AZ

Melanie D. Ryska, City Clerk, Sterling Heights, MI

Amy M. Sathoff, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Emmet County, IA

Kim Schaa, County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Hamilton County, IA

Shane Schoeller, Clerk, Greene County, MO

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

Jen Smit, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Lyon County, IA

Bennie Smith, Election Commissioner, Shelby County, TN

Hurley Smith, Secretary of Electoral Board, Rappahannock County, VA

Kim Smith, Deputy Elections Director, Defiance County, OH

Teresa F. Smithson, General Registrar and Director of Elections, Hanover County, VA

Kelly Spurgeon, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Wapello County, IA

Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky, Commissioner of Elections, County of Rockland Board of Elections, NY

Lawrence S. Stec, Clerk, City of Wyandotte, MI

Jessica J. Stohlmann, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Marengo County, IA

Julia K. Stonestreet, Clerk, Spring Arbor Township, MI

Linda Stover, Clerk, Bernalillo County, NM

Dale Sunderman, Auditor and Election Commissioner, Cass County, IA

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

Rochelle Van Tilburg, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Osceola County, IA 

Traci VanderLinden, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Warren County, IA

Grace Wachlarowicz, Director of Elections, City of Minneapolis, MN

Chris Walker, Clerk, Jackson County, OR

Amanda Waske, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Ringgold County, IA

Travis Weipert, Auditor, Johnson County, IA

Adam Wedmore, Auditor, Cerro Gordo County, IA

Lisa Welch, Director, Holmes County Board of Elections, OH

Melissa Wellhausen, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Page County, IA

Elizabeth Whitt, Clerk, Conway Township, Livingston County, MI

Tonya Wichman, Elections Director, Defiance County, OH

Daniel L. Widmer, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Washington County, IA

Michelle L. Wilcox, President of the Ohio Association of Election Officials, Auglaize County, OH

Dawn E. Williams, Director of Elections, City of Petersburg, VA

Sandy Winans, Clerk, Woodhull Township, MI

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