Currently, Delawareans hoping to file an absentee ballot must fit into one of several categories. Those with disabilities can vote remotely, as can those in the military or on vacation. But limitations exist — and according to some individuals and organizations, that is done deliberately. The Delaware Constitution does not allow for individuals outside a select group of categories to vote by absentee ballot. Rep. Earl Jaques, D-Glasgow, believes not only does this bar some citizens from doing their civic duty, it also has the unintended consequence of increasing numbers of people making up reasons.
“I am always … trying to make it as easy as it can be, and with absentee, you know, legislators have put parameters on who can and who can’t have an absentee vote,” he said. “There’s only like six reasons, I think, and the truth is, people lie.”
The proposal, which likely will be introduced today in a pre-file, will be identical to House Bill 20 — a 2013 piece of legislation he also brought forth. And like House Bill 20, this draft bill figures to fall along party lines.