Lawmakers Introduce "No Excuse" Absentee Voting Bill

Jan 18, 2013 -- 4:32am

Calling voting a right and privilege that should be afforded to every Delawarean, Representatives Earl Jaques, John Kowalko and Dennis Williams introduced legislation Thursday designed to increase participation in elections.

House Bill 20 would extend absentee voting to all eligible Delaware voters by removing several requirements limiting when a person can vote by absentee ballot.

Under current law, absentee voting is limited to only those who are unable to physically make it to their polling place on Election Day. Those reasons are limited to eight situations, such as: in the Armed Forces, sick or physically disabled, on vacation or religious reasons.

HB 20 is the first leg of a constitutional amendment. If this bill passes the General Assembly during this two-year session, an identical version must pass the 148th General Assembly, which begins in 2015.




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