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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


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