UPDATED 11:00 AM PT — Saturday, May 9, 2020
According to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), vote-by-mail provisions will be an important part of the next coronavirus relief bill. On Friday, he said he feels very strongly about voting-by-mail and added that Democrats plan to “fight like the devil for it.”
Schumer suggested Republicans may use the pandemic to prevent people from voting, particularly poorer Americans and minority groups.
He also emphasized the pandemic should not stand in the way of free and fair elections.
“We feel extremely strongly that everyone should be able to vote. The COVID crisis should not stand in the way of what is the hallmark, the wellspring, of America, which is free, fair and open elections. That will be a very important part of the legislation that we’re going to put forward, and we are going to fight like the devil for it.” – Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader
The House is expected to vote on a Democrat version of a relief bill next week.