January 22, 2014
Susan Davis Statement on Presidential Report on Election
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis had words of praise for a report released by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which recommended a number of ideas to make voting more modern and accessible to the American people.
“I was pleased to see the President include in the proposed reforms increased access to absentee voting and tracking of absentee ballots, both of which I have championed in Congress,” said Davis. “A priority of the government should be to eliminate barriers to voting. Our nation is stronger when we’re all involved in the decision-making. Too many Americans are being left out of a process in which they have a constitutional right to participate because of antiquated rules, inefficient procedures and a lack of voter protection.”
In the 113th Congress, Davis re-introduced one of her hallmark bills, the Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act (H.R. 376), which would end restrictions many states impose on a person’s ability to vote by absentee ballot. Currently, 21 states restrict an eligible voter’s ability to vote by mail, also known as absentee. The other states, including California, offer no-excuse absentee voting much to the great satisfaction of many voters and elections officials.
Davis has been working to help states set up absentee ballot tracking systems to allows voters to easily find out, online or through an automated phone system, whether an elections office has sent out a ballot, whether a completed ballot has arrived back at the registrar’s office and whether the ballot was actually counted.
A leader in election reform in Congress, Davis is supporting proposals in Congress to increase voting opportunities, strengthen overall the voting process in every state by modernizing the voter registration system, and protecting voters from deceptive practices and setting standards for voting equipment.