To keep voters safe during the Coronavirus public health crisis, every state adopted some form of special voting accommodations this year, such as mail-in ballots and expanded early voting. These changes have yielded historically high voter turnout and many states passed legislation to allow for an extended counting period for all properly postmarked and received ballots by each state’s approved deadline. Americans for the Arts Action Fund urges all government officials to honor the United States Constitution that specifically empowers states and the District of Columbia with the authority and procedures to elect the president and vice president.
“Through our ArtsVote campaign, Americans for the Arts Action Fund educated millions of arts advocates on how to make their vote count this year, including customized State Voter Factsheets. We stand on the side of voters, who followed the intricacies of their states’ election laws to make their voices heard in support of their communities and the arts,” says Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director of Americans for the Arts Action Fund. “We urge our members to be patient while their state continues counting every legally cast vote, but we also urge them to carefully monitor the proper administration of their state’s vote counting, ballot rejections, court challenges, and state certifications over the next 30 days.”
Americans for the Arts Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit arts advocacy organization affiliated with Americans for the Arts, a 501(c)(3), and represents a grassroots network of over 400,000 members.