Lisa McCormick, a progressive Democrat and voting rights advocate, has applauded Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who recently introduced legislation to give millions of Americans the option to vote from home.
“On Nov. 7, 2000, Oregon became the nation’s first all vote-by-mail state,” said McCormick. “I am thrilled that two federal lawmakers from that state are sharing the successful experience of two decades with the rest of our nation.”
McCormick sad the Vote At Home Act seeks to expand vote by mail access, provide voters with pre-paid ballot envelopes to return their mail ballots and enact automatic voter registration.
“Our democracy is stronger when every American can vote, without standing in ridiculous lines or having to take time off work or school to exercise their Constitutional rights,” Wyden said. “Oregonians know that voting at home is a time-tested, secure and accessible way to vote. It’s high time the rest of the country had the chance to vote the way we do.”
“The individual right to vote, the cornerstone of our democracy, is under threat in communities across America. Last year we saw a widespread expansion of vote-at-home access as a safe and secure way to participate during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Blumenauer said. “We should continue to make voting easier, not harder. This important bill would strengthen and clarify the right to vote at home, the most secure and convenient way for voters to exercise the franchise.”
Specifically, the Vote at Home Act would:
- Create National No-Excuse Vote By Mail: All registered voters would receive ballots in the mail weeks before Election Day and would be able to cast a ballot via mail or a drop-off site. Voters that want to vote in person would still be able to do so in lieu of voting by mail.
- Fund the USPS: The U.S. Postal Service would be allocated appropriate funding to cover all costs related to sending and returning mail ballots in federal elections.
- Enact Automatic Voter Registration: Any citizen who provides identifying information to a state motor vehicle authority would be automatically registered to vote. Voters would have 21 days to “opt out” if they do not wish to remain registered.
“By expanding the opportunity to vote, our democracy can be stronger and more secure,” said McCormick, who noted that questionable voting machines are still in use throughout New Jersey and foreign adversaries are engaging in cyberspace attacks on voting systems.
“Congress should adopt a new Voting Rights Act, to replace the law overturned by the US Supreme Court and it should include provisions that are in the Vote at Home Act proposed by Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Earl Blumenauer,” McCormick said.