Under the new law you no longer have to get a request for an absentee ballot notarized. A notary — usually found at a bank or UPS store — verifies your identity and places a seal on your affidavit explaining why you need to vote absentee. State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove says that’s a hurdle in the absentee voting process for people who aren’t used to voting that way.
“It’s my job to make it easier for people to vote, and this was one impendent that has always concerned me, so I’m happy to have it out of our way,” Manlove said.
She said she worried the need for a notary to vote absentee kept some Delawareans from voting at all.
“We don’t have vast numbers of absentee voters, but I don’t want to lose one,” Manlove said.