(Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla) introduced the Every Vote Counts Act on Tuesday, which, for federal elections in places where there is mail-in balloting, would allow voters to track their mail-in ballot to ensure it has been counted, require every county to have a minimum number of ballot drop boxes available in a non-discriminatory manner, and develop alternatives to signature matching for purposes of verifying someone’s identification. The legislation expands on provisions included in the For the People Act, and adds a third bill to expand voting rights to the congressional record.
“As politicians across the country move to limit the use of ballot drop boxes and place unnecessary and overly burdensome requirements on mail-in ballots, we need the Every Vote Counts Act to make certain every voter can cast their ballot and have that ballot count. Signature matching requirements and the restriction of ballot drop boxes have negative effects on Black Americans and other communities of color. This bill will put a stop to these discriminatory acts, and encourage all Americans to go out and make their voice heard. Our democracy demands participation to represent the will of the people.”
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