House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday, April 21, the next CCP Virus (coronavirus) stimulus bill will “enable the American people to vote by mail,” citing the threat of the virus and election security.

“No matter what the president says, it cannot be denied. But it takes us to the next step. They have also told us 24/7 the Russians are still at work trying to undermine our election,” Pelosi said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” referring to a Senate Intelligence Committee report released this week confirming that Russians used misinformation to interfere in the 2016 elections.  

“That’s why we have to have an important chunk of money in this next bill that will enable us to protect the integrity of our elections, as well as enable the American people to vote by mail, especially at this time of a health danger in going to the polls,” she added.

Pelosi failed to attach provisions boosting vote-by-mail system in the $2.3 trillion economic relief package passed by Congress last month. She noted that Democrats got just $400 million for that purpose while they need at least $2 billion, and ideally $4 billion to enable such measures, according to Reuters

“Vote by mail is so important to … our democracy so that people have access to voting and not be deterred, especially at this time, by the admonition to stay home,” Pelosi told reporters.

Former President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama along with Hollywood celebrities joined Pelosi to promote the idea.

“Americans should never have to choose between making their voices heard and keeping themselves and their families safe,” Michelle Obama said in a statement released by When We All Vote, the group she launched in 2018 that encourages participants to register to vote and learn how to cast their ballots in upcoming elections. 

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