House Bill 1 Seeks to Reduce Barriers to Voting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2017
Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 1, sponsored by Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), to make it easier for Alaskans to register to vote and participate in elections. Nearly half of Alaskans eligible to vote in 2014 failed to do so, and this legislation seeks to improve and clarify the voting process in an effort to increase the number of Alaskans having their voices heard in our elections.
“The right to vote embodies the spirit of American democracy, casting a vote is the most effective way to have one’s voice heard in the political process,” said Rep. Tuck. “When we exercise our right to vote we impact our community far beyond election night, we elect individuals to act on our behalf to manage government services, set policies that shape our state, and invest and develop our resources.”
HB 1 would provide for same day voter registration, enable electronic signatures for online registration, ensure continuity in early voting locations for all elections, create an option for permanent vote-by-mail, and clarify confusing language regarding the distinction between absentee voting and early voting.
“This legislation is a common sense package of reforms to reduce barriers to voting,” said Rep. Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage), who co-sponsored the bill. “I think it is important that our government reflect the will of as many Alaskans as possible, and so am proud to support this legislation to increase Alaskans’ access to elections.”
House Bill 1 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today by a vote of 22-17. The bill will now be transmitted to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.
For more information, contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.