Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the Georgia branch of All Voting is Local sent a Letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger urging him to adopt three crucial strategies to expand and improve access to ballot return drop boxes in order to allow voting to occur as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, mandate that all counties provide at least one drop box for every 15,000 to 20,000 voters. Second, help counties access funding for drop boxes made available through The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and provide additional financial support where CARES Act funding is insufficient, and third, promote the availability of drop boxes and develop a centralized website listing all drop box locations in the state.
Read the full letter here.
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization. LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.