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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 29, 2024 04:05 PM
From: Representative Tarik Khan and Rep. Ben Waxman, Rep. Joe Webster
To: All House members
Subject: Returning Mail-In Ballots at Polling Places
 
In the Commonwealth, a voter can deliver their mail-in ballot in person to their county board of elections office, but they are unable to deliver their completed ballot to their polling place on Election Day for it to be processed and counted. Typically, a voter’s polling place is closer to their home than the office of their county board of elections, and it would be significantly more convenient for them to have this delivery option.
 
Because of this, we are introducing legislation that would allow a voter to deliver their completed mail-in ballot in person to their polling place on Election Day. Because of busy schedules, many voters throughout our state are unable to return their mail-in ballots until the last minute. By giving these hard-working individuals additional methods for delivery, voting will be more accessible, and we’ll be providing voters the freedom to choose whether they wish to mail their ballot in or deliver it in person to either their county elections office or their polling place.
 
Other states, such as Virginia and Arizona, already allow their voters to deliver mail-in ballots to polling places on Election Day. It is time that we do the same. Please join us in supporting this commonsense legislation. With the 2024 primary and general election around the corner, it is important that we make voting accessible for all eligible voters in our state.