Take Action: Gov. Abbott should institute 100% vote-by-mail during the coronavirus pandemic


Sign our petition to send an automatic email to  Gov. Greg Abbott & other state leaders to support Texans’ voting rights & safety.

Texans have two statewide elections coming up: school board elections on May 2 (if localities choose not to postpone them) and primary runoff elections on July 14, including a race for U.S. Senate.

The right to vote is critical and as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across our state, millions of Texans may be prevented from voting or have their health put at risk.

The solution? 100% vote-by-mail.

The best way for Texans to battle the virus is to practice social distancing. This means staying away from crowded areas where the virus can easily spread from person-to-person.

As cities and counties issue stay-at-home orders, we will be able to flatten the curve of the coronavirus’ spread. The actions taken by Gov. Abbott to postpone the runoff elections are a step in the right direction but are not enough.

We must call for 100% vote-by-mail.

Texans young and old can be affected by the coronavirus. It is Gov. Abbott’s duty to protect Texans’ health and safety. It is also his responsibility to protect our elections and democratic process. Therefore, we must institute 100% vote-by-mail for our upcoming elections.

Currently, only Texans who are 65 or older, sick or disabled, or living outside their county of residence have the option to vote-by-mail. We already have the infrastructure to make it happen! This option must be made available for all Texans. 

Sign our petition to send a message:  Abbott should institute 100% vote-by-mail.

Background

The best source of information on how coronavirus spreads and how to remain healthy and safe is coming from the Center for Disease Control.

Coronavirus primarily spreads person-to-person via close contact and respiratory droplets from sneezing or coughing. People can spread the virus before symptoms begin showing.

Methods to prevent spread:

  1. Wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  2. Avoid close contact with others - keep at least six feet between you and others
  3. If you’re sick, do your best to stay home
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, keyboards, etc.)

An additional note on 100% vote-by-mail: the county clerks that count our in-person ballots will also count our mail-in ballots. Fears of undercounting are unfounded. 

In fact, most data shows that vote-by-mail increases voter turnout and research.

Sign our petition if you believe Governor Greg Abbott should protect Texans by instituting universal Vote-by-Mail in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Background

    The best source of information on how coronavirus spreads and how to remain healthy and safe is coming from the Center for Disease Control.

    Coronavirus primarily spreads person-to-person via close contact and respiratory droplets from sneezing or coughing. People can spread the virus before symptoms begin showing.

    Methods to prevent spread:

    1. Wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
    2. Avoid close contact with others - keep at least six feet between you and others
    3. If you’re sick, do your best to stay home
    4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, keyboards, etc.)

    An additional note on 100% vote-by-mail: the county clerks that count our in-person ballots will also count our mail-in ballots. Fears of undercounting are unfounded. 

    In fact, most data shows that vote-by-mail increases voter turnout and research.

    Sign our petition if you believe Governor Greg Abbott should protect Texans by instituting universal Vote-by-Mail in response to the coronavirus pandemic.