PCC: Covid-19 Response – Protecting Health and Democracy this Election Cycle
As the coronavirus pandemic threatens to spread into the fall, state and local election officials are working to identify and deploy solutions to allow safe and secure voting in upcoming primaries and the general election.
People across the country are staying home in an effort to help prevent the spread of the virus, and many states have made it mandatory through executive orders. Some 15 states are already postponing primary elections, and the outlook for November’s presidential election is unclear. Confronted with this, many state and local officials are considering alternative options to provide voters with access to a ballot during the outbreak.
As a leading provider of voter registration and election administration solutions, PCC has quickly stepped in to advise officials and provide possibilities for meeting the new realities of the COVID-19 era.
“We work with election officials day in and day out, and we fully appreciate the challenges they are facing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Vishal Hanjan, PCC’s AVP of Product Management. “Our team is helping states and local governments quickly and efficiently pivot in order to hold elections, which are central to our democracy.”
There are many considerations that must be taken into account when shifting away from in-person voting. Some states may require special legislation or executive orders, and virtually all will need to consider the massive logistical requirements and budget implications. PCC’s election experts are helping guide officials through these obstacles.
“Given PCC’s many years of experience and our relationships with election officials across the U.S., we’re able to share best practices and lessons learned. There’s no time for mistakes and course corrections. Elections must be held, and they must be held with integrity,” said Hanjan.
During normal circumstances, PCC’s ElectioNet suite allows officials to electronically manage elections from polling station set-up to voting. The powerful application is capable of meeting the needs of these extraordinary times, too. It can easily and affordably be configured to support voting by mail, by absentee ballot, and online. For all these options, voters will mail in their ballots using a unique identifier, such as a barcode. The data from this barcode can quickly and easily be scanned and integrated into ElectionNet to manage processing efficiently and with confidence.
“ElectionNet is already used by more states than any other solution, so this is a relatively easy way for them to pivot and manage voting by mail,” said Hanjan.
For PCC’s “Guidance for Holding Elections During the Covid-19 Pandemic,” click here.