Election Day is the time eligible voters are able to exercise one of their most fundamental American rights: The Right to Vote.
It's the time when voters have a chance to make their voices heard. But sometimes life gets in the way on Election Day. Maybe you're working a long shift and can't take time off to get to your polling place; maybe you don't have reliable transportation; maybe you or your kids get sick and you aren't able to leave the house. Sometimes we just don't have time to get to the polls, but that doesn't mean we don't deserve to have our voice heard.
Instead of having to plan ahead and wait in line at the polls on Election Day, you could cast a ballot without having to leave your home. It would certainly make voting more convenient and would help in building a democracy that represents all people in our state.
Current law restricts absentee ballots in many states to voters who can't provide one of a limited number of accepted reasons, but not everyone has a reason that aligns with the current laws and they shouldn't have to. Voting should be convenient. Twenty-seven states, including Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio, already have no-reason absentee voting. It's time for our elected officials to make absentee voting accessible to all citizens.
The process will have to include security protections, as this method of voting is where voter fraud occurs.
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