​Maloney Pushes COVID Taskforce to Release Guidelines for November Election

Jul 31, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — At today’s Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, asked members of the national coronavirus taskforce to issue safety guidelines for the upcoming general election in November. 

In addition to pushing for this key guidance for boards of elections nationwide, the Chairwoman continues fight for adequate funding for the Postal Service so that it has the resources necessary to meet the projected unprecedented participation in vote-by-mail in November. She is also working with House Democrats to make sure all voters have the ability to vote from home and have access to expanded early voting, including through provisions included in the Heroes Act and the CARES Act.

At today’s hearing, Congresswoman Maloney stated, “We are all going to be voting in November. Some states have vote by-mail, other states do not. And, some people prefer to vote in person[…]I think it would be helpful to the American public if the taskforce considered and came out with clear guidelines for the professionals working in the boards of elections across the country and the people participating in voting.”

In response, Dr. Fauci committed to discussing this issue at a future taskforce meeting. Dr. Redfield noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking at the Wisconsin primary to determine what updates are needed to the previously issued guidance.

Dr. Redfield noted that, “We’re trying to make sure that polling centers and people that go to polling centers to vote understand the importance of the guidance we can give.”

You can watch the exchange between the Congresswoman and Dr. Fauci and Dr. Redfield below.