Thank you Senator Rodney Ellis. Now, it’s up to us to push it, call our legislators, and get it done. Although the Republicans, including my own HD-127 rep. are hell-bent on targeting Latino voters with a Voter ID bill, this package will definitely be the alternative.
Senate Bill 210 designates every statewide election day as a state holiday, including primary election day.
Senate Bill 211 allows eligible residents to register for voting during the early voting period at polling locations as long as the eligible resident provides certain documentation.
Senate Bill 212 creates criminal penalties for certain deceptive or disenfranchising practices regarding an election.
Senate Bill 213 allows eligible residents to register for voting on election day at polling locations as long as the eligible resident provides certain documentation.
Senate Bill 214 allows registered voters to vote by mail during the early voting period.
Senate Bill 215 and Senate Bill 216 prevent eligible voters from being taken off the voter registration rolls due to administrative or clerical error.
“I truly believe that government is most effective when citizens participate in the process because having the power to choose one’s representatives in the voting booth is at the heart of a free society. I filed the Voter Empowerment Package to urge the state to implement policies that empower eligible voters to make their voice heard at the polls. It is imperative to our democracy that voters know that this state not only encourages them to vote, but will also protect their right to do so,” said Senator Ellis.
I’m glad we have some bills to support, although I expect us to be playing defense a lot of the session, too.