Senate bill would establish mail-in voting in Delaware | Delaware

(The Center Square) — A Senate bill that would establish mail-in voting in Delaware will be considered, Senate Democrats said.

Senate Bill 320sponsored by Senator Kyle Evans Gay, D-Brandywine Hundred, would call for create the postal voting methodology in the state and will be reviewed by the Senate Elections and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Gay is chairman of the committee.

“A democratic government that truly works for the people should do everything in its power to make voting accessible,” Gay said in the statement. “Working families, seniors, and health-conscious Delawarens want and deserve a mail-in ballot option.

“Voting is the most fundamental democratic exercise, and Delaware has proven in 2020 that mail-in voting is safe, secure, feasible, and an effective way to expand voter participation, as evidenced by record high voter turnout. in the last elections. It’s time we made mail-in voting a permanent option in our state.

The legislation, the statement said, was filed Friday morning and, if signed into law, would give Delaware residents the ability to vote by mail in the September primary elections and November general election.

Under the bill, voters would have to complete an online or paper application to receive a mail-in ballot, which can be returned three ways. The ballot would come with instructions, a prepaid envelope to be mailed back, could be deposited in a secure drop box or hand-delivered to a local election office.

According to the bill, ballots must be accepted even if a voter is not registered on time, a ballot is already opened before it arrives or cases of tampering. Additionally, ballots could be challenged if a voter did not request a mail-in ballot or if the ballot was not signed.

During the 2020 election cycle, the statement said, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 76,000 voters voted by mail in the September primary elections and more than 160,000 voted by mail in the November general election. .

Currently, according to the release, 23 states allow mail-in ballots.

Norman D. Briggs