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House and Senate reintroduce bill to expand vote-by-mail

On March 8, the Vote at Home Act of 2023 (H.R. 1439/S. 700) was reintroduced in the House by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and in the Senate by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). The bill, first introduced in 2017, would make it easier for Americans to vote by mail.

The bill would provide funding for the Postal Service to cover the costs associated with mailing ballots to and from voters in federal elections. It also would simplify and promote vote-by-mail by mailing ballots to all registered voters in the weeks leading up to Election Day. Additionally, the legislation would include automatic voter registration for citizens who provide identifying information to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“Vote-by-mail numbers have skyrocketed in the last two elections,” President Brian L. Renfroe said. “NALC is proud that letter carriers and the Postal Service make it easy for Americans to vote safely and securely by mail. We support this legislation, which would expand vote-by-mail and make it easier for all Americans to participate in the democratic process.”

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