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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 3, 2019 03:08 PM
From: Representative Jim Rigby
To: All House members
Subject: Election Code Bill to Remove Notarization Requirement
I recently learned of an Election Code requirement that can present an obstacle to disabled absentee voters who are seeking to exercise the right and privilege of voting. Currently, a disabled absentee voter who requires assistance in marking his or her ballot must acknowledge the nature of the disability before a notary. In other words, the individual must pay for the services of a notary in order to vote.

One of my constituents brought this situation to my attention based on his/her recent experience. This is an individual who takes his/her civic responsibilities seriously and, yet, is faced with what I believe is an unnecessary obstacle.

That is why I intend to introduce legislation that will remove the notarization requirement from the Election Code. The voter will simply be required to identify the nature of his or her disability and affirm the truthfulness of the information under penalty of law.

Please consider cosponsoring this important proposal.

Introduced as HB1809