Legislation Would Expand Mail-In Voting

Pandemic has highlighted voting obstacles.

Senator Kamala Harris, a former state attorney general for California, on Thursday announced new legislation that would expand voting by mail and early voting.

“The coronavirus pandemic has  highlighted the obstacles many already face when voting,” she said.

“Even before the pandemic, Native Americans, Black and Latino voters, and voters with disabilities too often faced long lines, inaccessible voting locations, and outright hostility by election officials,” she added. “I’m proud to announce the Vote Safe Act because the American people deserve a comprehensive solution to ensure that voting is safe and accessible.”

In a tweet, she added, “I just announced a plan to ensure everyone is protected when they cast their ballot in November.”

If passed and signed by the president, her bill would authorize $5 billion to expand vote-by-mail and early voting, improve the safety and accessibility of polling places, mandate no-excuse mail-in absentee voting, and require states to provide at least 20 days of early voting ahead of an election.

Over the past weeks, President Trump has spoken against expanding voting by mail and absentee balloting. He has expressed concerns over ballot harvesting and the potential for fraud.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Congress when it reconvenes and as it considers legislation like the expanded vote-by-mail proposition.
  • For the 2020 presidential election to be tallied accurately and protected from voter fraud.

Sources: The Hill, Fox News


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