Leaders in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin answered VoteSafe’s nationwide call to prepare for the November election by ensuring all voters have safe and secure voting options. The bipartisan VoteSafe coalitions are led by former Republican House Majority Leader Dave Reed and former Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in Pennsylvania, and Attorney General Josh Kaul and former Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in Wisconsin.
“It is highly unlikely that polling locations will operate as usual in November, or that the voting experience will be anything close to normal, given the lingering effects of COVID-19,” said Reed, co-chairman of VoteSafe PA. “We need to do all we can to ensure Pennsylvania voters have accessible, secure mail-in ballots and safe, in-person voting sites. The health and safety of Pennsylvanians is paramount, so every voter feels protected and safe to participate in the upcoming General Election.”
“I believe it is imperative that voters don’t have to choose between preserving their health and voting,” said Kaul, co-chairman of VoteSafe WI and a Democrat who has served as Attorney General since 2019. “We are here to stand in support of principles that can help ensure every eligible voter has an opportunity to participate in this important election.”
The Pennsylvania and Wisconsin efforts are under the umbrella of VoteSafe, a national, bipartisan coalition chaired by former Secretary of Homeland Security and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge (R) and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (D). VoteSafe is committed to the following principles:
- All states and US territories should ensure voters have accessible, secure mail-in ballots and safe, in-person voting sites.
- Congress should ensure that states have the resources they need to protect their voters and elections.