Center for American Progress

ONLINE EVENT ADVISORY: Ensuring Safe Voting for Veterans During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Press Advisory

ONLINE EVENT ADVISORY: Ensuring Safe Voting for Veterans During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. — As Americans prepare to vote in the November election, federal and state officials must take immediate action to ensure the elections are conducted in ways that are safe, secure, and in compliance with public health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

That includes an option for every citizen to vote by mail—a process familiar to the nation’s military service members and veterans. For decades, millions of service members stationed overseas have voted by mail, a mechanism supported by bipartisan majorities of Congress. This option should now be extended to all Americans. It is especially critical for older and disabled veterans who deserve the opportunity to vote safely from their homes.

Please join the Center for American Progress for an online event with ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), as well as veterans Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO). They will discuss lessons learned from how service members stationed abroad vote successfully by mail and the importance of extending a vote-by-mail option to all Americans, including veterans at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

If you have questions for the panel before the start of the event, please submit them on Twitter using the hashtag #VeteransVoteByMail or via email to

Distinguished guests:
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO)

Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Thursday, May 14, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET

You must RSVP to watch the livestream event by clicking this link. An email will then be sent with instructions on how to watch.

To find the latest CAP resources on the coronavirus, visit our coronavirus resource page.

For more information, please contact Sam Hananel at