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Delaware Lawmakers Introduce Vote-By-Mail Legislation

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DOVER, Del.- There could be a new way to vote in Delaware.

In an ongoing effort to increase access to voting, lawmakers unveiled a proposal Wednesday to allow Delawareans to cast their ballots in elections by mail.

The bill would not do away with existing in-person and absentee voting options.

The sponsor of House Bill 175, Rep. Gerald Brady, hopes that by offering vote-by-mail, more people will participate in elections.

"Adding vote-by-mail gives Delaware residents one more option when deciding how to cast their vote," Brady said in a release. "By giving residents a menu of options, we will increase participation in our elections and in our governance, which is what we should always strive for."

Under the bill, the state elections commission would administer the vote-by-mail program, creating rules and regulations for the effort. Ballots would be processed and scanned ahead of Election Day but would not be tabulated until Election Day. Ballots could be mailed in, dropped off at any polling place on Election Day or dropped off in a secure drop box at each county elections office ahead of Election Day, according to Brady.

If passed, vote-by-mail would be offered in primary, general and special elections beginning in 2022.

House Bill 175 will be included in Thursday's House pre-file.

 

 

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