House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Monday Democrats would be calling for a vote-by-mail clause in the next coronavirus relief package for Congress.
In an interview with Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC’s LIVE, Pelosi said as the coronavirus crisis continues, it’s important to protect the “life of our democracy”
“We will be promoting voting by mail in a very significant way in this next bill — at this stage, we believe it is a health problem,” Pelosi said.
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Democrats have been promoting mail-in voting for weeks before primary elections in May and June — more than a dozen of which were delayed or canceled due to coronavirus — and looking forward to the November election.
However, President Donald Trump opposes the proposal and has been encouraging Republicans to fight the initiative.
A recent poll from NBC News / Wall Street Journal showed that a plurality of voters — 58 percent — are in favor of allowing voters around the country to cast their ballots by email.
As representatives are now back in their states, it’s unclear when Congress will consider another aid package. Lawmakers approved another relief bill last week for re-funding the Paycheck Insurance System and for sending more funds to hospitals.