For Immediate Release: February 27, 2018
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
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House Unanimously Approves Bill to Improve Voter Access
Salt Lake City – This evening the House unanimously passed 5th Substitute HB 218, “Modifications to Election Law” by a vote of 70 - 0 - 5. The bill provides clarity on voter registration processes via application or renewal of a driver license or state ID, and it allows Utahns to register to vote and vote on Election Day and during early voting by provisional ballot. It also requires a county that conducts an election by absentee ballot to provide a certain number of polling locations on the date of the election. The amended bill also now addresses privacy concerns by allowing anyone to request that his or her voter registration record be classified as a private record.
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, the bill’s sponsor said, “I call it a ‘voter-palooza’ bill because it creates so many efficiencies.”
Earlier Rep. Chavez-Houck said, “It’s time for Utah to get on track with the rest of the country when it comes to its voting laws. This bill provides administrative efficiencies at the same time that it provides more opportunities for voters to access the ballot.”
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.