National Resolution to Preserve and Enhance Voting by Mail

Sept. 24, 2020
| by:
Councilmember Matt Orlando

As representatives of Chandler, it is important that City Councilmembers participate in regional and national committees to ensure that our City has a voice at the national level.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is an organization that provides resources and advocates for the nation’s cities and their leaders. I serve on NLC’s Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Committee. With the election coming up and the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important more now than ever that U.S. voters have the option to vote-by-mail. I proposed a resolution to the FAIR Committee that supports federal efforts to preserve and enhance systems that allow for accessible, safe and secure vote-by-mail options. Earlier this month the Committee approved the resolution and will be sharing it to influence current congressional conversations about increasing funding for vote-by-mail options. It will also come before the full NLC membership in November for inclusion in the 2021 NLC National Municipal Policy for future voting needs.

In my role as an elected official, I reference this guide when advocating for our community at a Federal level to illustrate topics that are important not only our City, but municipalities across the nation. If accepted into the policy, this resolution will help protect systems that allow citizens to vote-by-mail, and will act as evidence that this is a nationwide need and the Federal government should address it.

Visit the National League of Cities website to learn more about its federal advocacy efforts and the FAIR Committee.

The last day to register to vote in the November General Election is October 5, with early in-person and by-mail voting following on October 7. Learn more about how to register to vote and what is on the Chandler ballot for November at 2020 General Election.