|Posted:||May 6, 2020 02:14 PM|
|From:||Representative Christopher M. Rabb|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Removing Candidate Petition Requirements During a Disaster Emergency|
|The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that our process for nominating and electing candidates for public office is ill-equipped to handle limited in-person interactions.
Our system hinges on person-to-person exchanges. We have few stop-gap measures for dealing with how a disaster emergency can impact our elections. This is why I am introducing legislation to remedy one piece of this problem.
My bill removes the requirement that candidates circulate and file nomination petitions when there is a declared disaster emergency. In place of circulating and filing petitions, candidates for public office will be able to get on the ballot by filing an affidavit and a $250 payment.
Join me in supporting this legislation and help to ensure our election system is prepared for handling future disaster emergencies.
Introduced as HB2631