U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to keep elections clean this year -- quite literally.
The Democratic senator on Thursday urged the Trump administration to spend more money on personal protective equipment and efforts to sanitize polling sites ahead of the November general elections.
Gillibrand pressed for the funding in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Peter Gaynor, the top official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“Elections are the lifeblood of our democracy and voters and poll workers have already had to put their health and safety at risk to exercise their right to vote. Continuing down that path during this pandemic would be a disaster for our democracy,” she said.
“With the 2020 election looming closer and with no clear end to social distancing, it is imperative we provide the tools necessary so every American can safely vote and follow CDC and health guidelines. The Trump administration must do much more to secure the integrity of our elections and I am proud to join my colleagues urging for these protections.”
Elections are administered on the local level, and officials this primary season took steps to enforce social distancing guidelines, mask wearing and sanitizing options at polling locations.
At the same time states have offered expanded absentee ballot options as an alternative to going to the polls in person.