26 October 2005
Evacuees = absentees
Congressman Artur Davis (D-AL) has introduced the Displaced Citizens Voter Protection Act of 2005 (HR3734) that would allow displaced Katrina evacuees to vote in their home state elections by absentee ballots under the same protections afforded absent military and overseas voters. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) introduced a similar bill in the Senate (S1867).
The legislation would require evacuees to certify their status and former address and attest that they intend to return to the area. They would then be allowed to vote in their home state by absentee ballot according to the state's rules.
There's clearly some potential for mischief with a bill like this when isn't there, with a voting issue? but I'm definitely in favor of this idea, and urge Oklahoma's Congressional delegation to support it: if someday you know you're going home, you ought to be able to retain your voice in what is being done there in your absence.
(Via Lindsay Beyerstein.)Posted at 11:08 AM to Political Science Fiction