Multiple states face a serious budget deficit as the November general election approaches due to the coronavirus pandemic, indicating that local governments could have real trouble holding elections while the disease persists in the country.
Experts from NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice have estimated that states need an additional $ 4 billion to adequately prepare for this election cycle, but the CARES Act only allocated $ 400 million nationwide for COVID-related electoral spending- 19.
According to university experts, states need money to increase voting by mail, voter education materials, protective gear to make in-person voting at the polls as safe as possible, and more.
Senator Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar Hill Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopens rather than returning to stops; WHO director advocates international unity in pandemic response State election officials warn that budget cuts could lead to chaos in November Biden hits the populist tone in a crushing reprimand from Trump, Wall Street MORE (D-Minn.), The top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees federal election funds, told Reuters that money earmarked for electoral security is being used by local governments to buy masks and other cleaning supplies. for in-person surveys.
“That is not an option of one or the other. We need voters to be safe and we need our elections to be safe, “he told Newswire.
However, the electoral financing allocated is not enough.
For example, in Georgia, all voters received absentee ballot request forms before the June 9 primary election, a move that cost the state an estimated $ 5 million. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) told state lawmakers in late June that the same could not happen in November due to lack of funds.
Georgians who want to request an absentee ballot are now reportedly required to do so online.
In Philadelphia, where a quarter of the state’s Democrats reside, officials have cited the city’s electoral budget at $ 12.3 million, well below the $ 22.5 million electoral budget that was proposed in March, according to Reuters.
Pennsylvania is expected to be one of the hotly contested battlefield states; President TrumpDonald John Trump Democrats criticize Trump for displacing Roger Stone: ‘The most corrupt president in history’ Trump confirms 2018 cyber attack on Russian trolley farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE He won Keystone State by less than 1 percentage point in 2016.