Recent Vote-By Mail, Early Voting, and Absentee News

Federal Vote By Mail Legistlation Introduced

http://www.ktvz.com/story.cfm?nav=news&storyID=18953

WASHINGTON – Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) announced Monday they have introduced legislation to help states transition to vote-by-mail election systems.

S. 979, the Vote Mail Act of 2007 and its House companion, H.R.1667, would create a three year, $18 million grant program to help states adopt vote by mail election systems like the one that Oregon voters have been successfully using for some time now.

Early Voting Could Upend 2008 Primaries

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17734965/

SALEM, Ore. – Early voting poses an under-the-radar challenge to Iowa and New Hampshire’s long-prized status as the first in the nation to decide presidential preferences.

Voters in a number of the states that are circling the Feb. 5 presidential primary date – including California, Oregon and Montana – could begin casting ballots as early as Jan. 5, nine days before the Iowa caucuses.

Paul Gronke, a political science professor at Oregon’s Reed College and the director of the Early Voting Information Center there, said the early voting trends combined with the Feb. 5 primaries are a boon for the “well-funded, well-known campaign. You have to begin your mobilization efforts so much earlier – you simply cannot ignore those absentee voters.”

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