VoteSafe and RESOLVE, two nonpartisan organizations committed to ensuring safe and secure elections for the American people, have come together to announce an initiative to support safe, in-person voting. The organizations are parting together to secure personal protective equipment (PPE) to election officials, poll workers, volunteers, and voters for the upcoming U.S. national election, taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Throughout the primaries this year, voters have demonstrated their desire to have options for casting their ballot,” said Governor Tom Ridge, Co-Chair of the VoteSafe coalition. “ Voters want to choose between secure absentee ballots and safe in-person polling places, and they deserve those options. We’re proud to be working with RESOLVE to help our election officials and poll workers, the guardians of our democracy, build safer, in-person polling places for their voters amidst this pandemic.”
Nearly 1 million people in the U.S. serve as election officials and poll workers. Despite the upcoming election occurring during a historic pandemic, many polling stations, including Election Super Centers, lack PPE. Gear Up to VoteSafe fills this gap by working with election officials, polling sites, and other organizations like the National Vote at Home Institute to provide Gear Up to VoteSafe PPE kits to Election Super Centers across the country.
RESOLVE and VoteSafe will work with all political parties, businesses, civil society organizations, and faith groups of all kinds on this public health initiative.
“Gear Up to Vote Safe is a non-partisan effort to support election workers and volunteers and a pledge and positive action each voter can take. We’re issuing a call to businesses, foundations, civic and religious organizations, political parties, and others to join this effort to ensure a safe, in-person vote,” said Stephen D’Esposito, President and CEO of RESOLVE.