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American Democrat lawmakers introduced a new bill on Thursday that ‘massively’ expands vote-at-home ballot access.
Introduction to the bill allows for automatic voter registration and providing voters with pre-paid ballot envelopes.
“Our democracy is stronger when every American can vote, without standing in ridiculous lines or having to take time off work or school to exercise their Constitutional rights,” Wyden said.
“To get the big things done that really improve Americans’ lives, our country needs the government to represent all Americans. Oregonians know that voting at home is a time-tested, secure and accessible way to vote. It’s high time the rest of the country had the chance to vote the way we do.”
Blumenauer says that the rights to vote is a cornerstone of American democracy.
“The individual right to vote, the cornerstone of our democracy, is under threat in communities across America. Last year we saw a widespread expansion of vote-at-home access as a safe and secure way to participate during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Blumenauer said.
“We should continue to make voting easier, not harder. This important bill would strengthen and clarify the right to vote at home, the most secure and convenient way for voters to exercise the franchise.”
More options will be expanded for casting ballots, “All registered voters would receive ballots in the mail weeks before Election Day, allowing them to carefully research candidates and issues well ahead of Election Day to inform their vote,” the press release states.
The Bill will grant all registered voters the ability to cast their ballots by mail or at ballot drop boxes. “This would allow states to save money by transitioning away from polling stations and reduce a major barrier for voters with the federal government absorbing the cost associated with USPS delivery,” the press release reads.
Rep Jim Banks mentioned the restoration of public trust including their vote being counted in a press statement. “This bill will restore the public’s trust that their vote is counted and their voice is heard.”