This bill removes the notary requirement for requests for absentee ballots. Delaware is the only state that requires a notary to authorize a voter’s affidavit for an absentee ballot. In some cases, the potential voter may have to pay for the notary and Delaware essentially charges them to vote.
This is a common sense reform even if it is sponsored by a Republican. I am desperately waiting for the reintroduction of No Excuse Absentee Voting legislation, or even better, a full Vote by Mail system in Delaware. We all must make voting easier.
SPONSORS: Yearick, Baumbach, Bentz, Bushweller, Dukes, Ennis, Heffernan, Henry, Kowalko, McDowell, Miro, Outten, Paradee, Pettyjohn, D.Short, Simspon, Walsh, Williams
YES VOTES – HOUSE: Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Brady, Briggs King, Carson, Collins, Dukes, Gray, Heffernan, Hensley, J.Johnson, Q.Johnson, Jaques, Keeley, Kenton, Kowalko, Longhurst, Matthews, Miro, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Outten, Paradee, Postles, Ramone, B.Short, D.Short, Schwartzkopf, Smyk, Spiegelman, Viola, Williams, Wilson, Yearick
YES VOTES – SENATE: Everyone but Townsend and Pettyjohn
NO VOTES – HOUSE: None [Bolden didn’t vote, Hudson, Lynn and Smith were absent].
NO VOTES – SENATE: None [Absent: Townsend, Pettyjohn]
HISTORY: Passed the House 37-0-3-1. Passed Senate with an amendment 19-0-2.
STATUS: House needs to vote again due to Senate Amendment.