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Opinion: Governors have a part to play in securing elections

August 25, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo a woman wearing gloves drops off a mail-in ballot at a drop box in Hackensack, N.J. With the Trump administration openly trying to undermine mail-in voting this fall, some election officials around the country are hoping to bypass the Postal Service by installing lots of ballot drop boxes in libraries, community centers and other public places. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Oregon's Gov. Kate Brown writes that, despite the unity shown at the DNC, the upcoming election might test our country's ability to stand as the United States. Governors should pledge to uphold the integrity of the general election and work to ensure that voting is safe, accessible and secure.

Kate Brown is the 38th governor of Oregon and co-chair of Every State Every Vote, a project of the Democratic Governors Association and Fair Fight.

(CNN)Last week, the Democratic Party wrapped up a convention like none other, marked by unity across a broad spectrum of Americans, and I am looking towards a general election like none other.

As Election Day approaches, the President appears desperate.

That's why I and a group of my fellow governors are here to say that Americans don't deserve a period of instability after the election, especially not after the instability that the pandemic has already brought to our communities.

We are committed to carrying out a safe and secure election, both to protect Americans' right to vote and to protect Americans' way of life.

Unfortunately, suppressing the right to vote seems to be President Trump's core campaign tactic.

But as if instilling fear in the American public isn't enough, the President's administration is actively attempting to impede the United States Postal Service's ability to process mail-in ballots.

But as we face such a fight, we cannot let our constitutional right to free and fair elections suffer as an expense.

That's why I have brought together the governors of California, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Nevada, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Michigan to pledge to uphold the integrity of the general election and work to ensure that voting is safe, accessible and secure.

These are commitments to ensure confidence in the integrity of the election, in light of unprecedented attacks on voting rights and voting access by the President and his administration.

Work with our respective state and local level election officials to ensure that the right to vote is accessible, safe, and secure.

In coordination with election officials, communicate with voters about the possibility of delayed results in some states due to the increased use of mail-in voting and about the status of the count post-election

When the fabric of our society is frayed, the foundation of our democracy -- safe and secure elections -- must remain strong.

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