Citing ‘safety,’ Democratic LGBTQ lawmakers push for slower, longer vote-counting

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). (Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key)

Prominent homosexuals in Congress are jumping on the Democratic bandwagon of trying to make elections last longer, so that partisan vote-counters will have time to track and “adjust” the results.

The gay legislators, however, are saying that the coronavirus pandemic is why they are calling on states to expand access to voting by mail, early voting and absentee ballots, according to the Washington Blade.

The “Vote Equal, Vote Safe” project is part of a larger endeavor within the Human Rights Campaign to identify the estimated 57 million LGBTQ people or voters who prioritize LGBTQ rights — people no doubt overwhelmingly Democratic — and ensure they’re voting.

“As our nation continues to battle COVID-19, it is clear this pandemic will affect how millions of Americans will vote this fall,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “From Wisconsin to Georgia, partisan politicians have put their own political interests ahead of the health and safety of voters. We will not stand for this and will not be silent.”

Enumerated as goals in a statement on the launch of “Vote Equal, Vote Safe” is online voter registration, same-day voter registration, allowing no excuse absentee voting for everyone, allowing no witness requirement for absentee voting and allowing community organizations to help collect and deliver voted, sealed ballots.

If ballots must be cast in person, the initiative calls for extending early voting times and dates, increasing the number of in-person early voting places and Election Day polling locations and following CDC safety guidance at all in-person voting locations.

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