PRESS STATEMENT: November 4, 2020
Contact: Brian Gumm
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Center for Progressive Reform Urges Vote Count to Continue Free from Political Interference
The Center for Progressive Reform released the following statement from Interim Executive Director Laurie Ristino on the ongoing vote count in the 2020 election:
American democracy, if it is to mean anything, demands that all eligible voters get to exercise their right to vote and that their votes actually be counted. We have watched with alarm as the former principle has come under unilateral attack from one political party for self-serving reasons in recent weeks. We are outraged to see the president attack the latter.
CPR is committed to meaningful public participation in all of America’s democratic institutions. We believe such participation is essential for ensuring more just and effective policies, but also for imbuing those policies with legitimacy and public confidence. Public participation is critical to empowering all Americans to have their say in our centuries-long project of forming a more perfect union.
As of this morning, the presidential election is still undecided. Millions of votes in states that will ultimately determine the outcome remain uncounted. We join with others in demanding that those states be allowed the freedom to complete those counts without political interference.
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