Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said a “chunk of money” will be designated in the next coronavirus stimulus bill to enable the American people to vote by mail.
When asked about Senate Intelligence Committee confirming U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, Pelosi said, “Well, I’m not surprised. As a member of the Gang of Eight, I watched this whole investigation proceed.”
She continued, “It leads you to the question about what does Vladimir Putin have on President Trump personally, politically, financially, in every way?”
She added, “No matter what the president says, it cannot be denied. But it takes us to the next step. They have also told us 24/7 the Russians are still at work trying to undermine our election. That is why we have to have an important chunk of money in this next bill that will enable us to protect the integrity of our elections, as well as enable the American people to vote by mail, especially at this time of a health danger in going to the polls.”
She concluded, “This is the lifeblood of our democracy, the vote. So here we are trying to protect the lives of American people, the livelihoods of the American people, and also the life of our democracy. That is what we are going to do in the next bill as well.”
The Hill reported:
Unprecedented pressure is now needed to win concessions from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and state lawmakers. If the Democrat leading the ticket can’t even bother to truly take up the fight, our democracy is in an even more perilous state than even cynics contend.
It’s not too late for Biden to become a champion. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently released a stellar reform plan, endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Biden should adopt it, immediately.
The majority of Americans would stand with him, too. According to Global Strategy Group, 89 percent of Americans want every voter to have the option to vote by mail and 93 percent want more options for early voting.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll likewise found support for a vote by mail at 72 percent. And polling by Data For Progress shows that voters support “automatically registering and enrolling all eligible voters in an optional vote by mail” by a 30-point margin.