I’m glad to see the House passed H 3772 (Early voting) and I hope the Senate works on passing it as well. It’s about time we made it easier for people to vote — we are way behind many other states in this area.
Editors note, May 23, 2014: Please see this post for information on the final outcome in this legislative fight.
I have two concerns about the current text of the law: 1) The current text allows for 10 days of early voting and says that cities/towns “may” extend early voting outside of normal business hours, but is this language strong enough? I’m hoping that early voting will make it possible for people to vote on the weekend before the election or on evenings after work in the week before election day — is it expected that local election officials will offer weekend/evening early voting without stronger language requiring them to do so? 2) It’s unclear to me whether there will be any provision for adding same-day registration or pre-registration for 17 year olds. It looks like Rep. Lewis offered an amendment to at least study that and it looks like the amendment passed, but it doesn’t appear that the language is in the bill that passed the House. Both same-day registration and pre-registration for those who will soon reach voting age seem like good reforms to pursue in the cause of making voting more convenient.