Randy Schultz’s column, “Democrats postured on election bill,” didn’t address the omissions and, worse, the new barriers that would be placed on voters by Senate Bill 600/ House Bill 7013.
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters, in an April 5 memo, acknowledged what the new law would achieve: increased and flexible hours, days and locations for early voting; a 75 (initial) word limit on amendments; and allowing a voter to “fix” an absentee ballot rejected for a spoiled or absent signature. But the bill contains two new restrictions on absentee voting. It would requires a “witness” to attest to the voter’s signature on the envelope. This would be a barrier to people living alone or with small children. And voters who travel, and need a ballot mailed to an address away from home, may now apply only in writing, not online.
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