Delaware lawmaker proposes universal absentee ballot

A state lawmaker says his proposal to make every voter in Delaware eligible for an absentee ballot would increase participation in elections – and make it easier to vote.

Representative Dennis E. Williams (D-Talleyville) has introduced a bill in the house that would make all voters eligible for permanent absentee status.  Absentee voting currently is restricted to those who are unable to physically visit a polling place on election day due to military duty, vacation travel, illness, religious issue or other specific reason.  “A single parent working two jobs doesn’t necessarily get Election Day off and might not be able to spend an hour waiting at the polls,” Williams said.  “Allowing any Delawarean to request an absentee ballot gives everyone an equal opportunity to have their voice heard.” 


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