NACCHO is a member of the VoteSAFE Public Health coalition, a collaborative project with 10 national public health organizations working to assure all Americans have the opportunity to safely vote in the 2020 election and prevent transmission of COVID-19. The VoteSAFE Public Health coalition’s primary areas of focus include:
- Develop and promote “safe voting” methods and guidance and provide public health technical assistance to election officials in creating safer polling places on Election Day.
- Support efforts to recruit an expanded workforce of poll workers and assure their safe participation and service.
- Coordinate and amplify coalition-based communications and education efforts with partner agencies and organizations to strengthen public health and safety messages related to the election.
Encourage voter participation on Election Day through:
- Promotion of an individual and family “Safe Voting Plan.”
- Share information on the importance of and relationship between a healthy, engaged electorate and a “healthy” democracy.
- Provide get-out-the-vote (GOTV) materials to public health agencies for dissemination in the communities in which they work.
VoteSAFE Public Health is seeking city and county health officers to serve as point of contacts of their agency’s for the coalition and be a connection for sharing information and support. VoteSAFE Public Health will then follow up with those individuals to learn about the work that is already underway in your area and how to best support efforts and the efforts of local election officials.
Please provide the contact name(s) for VoteSAFE Public Health to Jeanne F. Ayers at Jayers@astho.org or by phone at 612-385-4039 no later than September 20.