The former president, in a thread on Twitter Friday, described the vote as a “debacle” and said “no one should be forced to choose between their right to vote and their right to stay healthy.”

“Everyone should have the right to vote safely, and we have the power to make that happen. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” Obama said in a second post, adding in a third: “Let’s not use the tragedy of a pandemic to compromise our democracy. Check the facts of vote by mail.”