Lawmakers debate ‘no excuse needed’ absentee voting
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In 28 states and the District of Columbia, long lines of voters on Election Day are rare, due in large part to state laws that allow unrestricted voting by absentee ballot. When you can get your ballot ahead of time, and mail it in or drop it off at town hall before Election Day, why wait in line?
Democrats in the state Legislature would like to see New Hampshire join that list of states, and they have the backing of the League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Secretary of State’s office, citing New Hampshire’s “unique and different traditions,” opposes such a move, as does the New Hampshire City & Town Clerks’ Association, which claims that “no excuse” absentee ballot voting would be a “logistical nightmare.”