House Passes Absentee Voting Bill

July 23, 2020

Today we took a major step toward ensuring a safe voting experience in November.

The House passed, by a vote of 144-2, a bill that allows for absentee ballot voting to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The absentee voting changes apply only to the state election that will be held on November 3, 2020. By law, a state election is a regular election and includes candidates running for federal office.

House Bill 6002, which makes various changes affecting absentee voting and Election Day Registration (EDR), now goes to the Senate for passage.

Among other things, the bill authorizes registrars of voters to certify at least one EDR location no more than 31 days prior to the election; authorizes registrars to apply for the designation of additional EDR locations no later than 60 days before the election; and authorizes individuals whose registrations are not processed until after 8:00 p.m., to vote if they were in line by 8:00 p.m.