Clint Conner and Jonathan Van Horn are partners at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney who help head up the Election Protection Project in Minnesota (and oversee several other states) the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition.
It guides voters through the voting process, helping to ensure that all eligible American citizens have the opportunity to cast a meaningful ballot and have that vote counted. Lawyers prepare and peer review election law legal manuals, set up and staffed hotlines, coordinate mobile legal volunteers, and train all volunteers.
Conner and Van Horn say other state’s should follow New York’s lead.
“New York’s new law promises to make risk-free voting a reality for all New Yorkers. New York now joins the majority of states in allowing all registered voters to vote by mail. This leaves only Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Indiana as states requiring an excuse for voting by mail. It would be good to see those states also accommodate general mail-in voting in view of the threat of Covid-19,” Conner says.
Both Conner and Van Horn have been involved for several years, organizing the effort and providing help to several states and are preparing for this years election.
“The legislation enacted in New York is a common-sense response to the challenges to our election system posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and structural changes being implemented at the U.S. Postal Service. We encourage voters interested in voting by means other than in-person voting on Election Day to explore their options well in advance of the election to understand the deadlines for actions they need to take to ensure their right to cast a ballot that will be counted in the election,” Van Horn adds.