Count Every Vote is a nonpartisan campaign, sponsored by Issue One, dedicated to defending the integrity of our elections and ensuring that every American’s vote is counted this November. Our country successfully held elections through the 1918 influenza pandemic and both world wars, and we are confident we can do so again in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As Americans who believe in the Constitution and have faith in our system of government, we have formed the National Council on Election Integrity — a bipartisan group of political, government, and civic leaders united around protecting the integrity of our elections.
We are united and deeply committed to protecting the integrity of our elections and to ensuring that every American’s vote is counted this November.
All states and U.S. territories have a range of options for safe and secure voting. Any and all efforts — foreign or domestic — to undermine the credibility of our election processes should be publicly rebuffed.
While we come from different parts of the United States and represent diverse political views, we share concern about the numerous and growing threats to our republic. We remain united around our common commitment to the American tradition of safe, secure, and true elections.
The November elections may not be smooth, and it may take longer to determine the results than in previous elections. We as individual voters, the media, candidates, social media platforms, and the political parties have a duty to be patient while local election officials count every ballot cast in accordance with applicable laws. We will urge all citizens to remember that we are Americans first, and we will get through this election period together.
We are guided by three simple principles:
- Patience. We should count every vote cast in accordance with applicable laws, and be patient while election officials do their jobs.
- Peace. All Americans should be peaceful as they express their views about the elections, and we must all remain calm as the process moves forward — before and after Election Day.
- Patriotism. We support the constitutional process and believe every American has a patriotic duty to support the results of this election once a winner is determined.
Our country successfully held elections through the 1918 influenza pandemic, the Great Depression, and two world wars, and we are confident we can do so again in 2020 amid the current pandemic. As Americans who believe in the Constitution and have faith in our democratic process, we will work every day to defend this year’s elections and hold them to the highest possible standards.