HB 150 aims to change the timeline for early voting in Idaho by reducing the current window from two or more weeks of early voting to requiring that the counties offer no more than three weeks of early voting and no less than one week of early voting. By restricting early voting to a one-to-three week window, voters in counties who currently offer longer timeframes of early voting will lose access to the polls. This loss to voting access will have a disproportionate and unfair impact on low-income individuals, racial and ethnic minority voters, senior citizens and voters with disabilities who often benefit from expanded early voting opportunities. Instead of creating a maximum timeframe for early voting in Idaho, the Legislature should be expanding uniform access to early voting across the state to ensure that more eligible Idaho voters can fully participate in our elections.  

Sponsors

Rep. Dustin Manwaring

Status

Failed

Session

2017

Bill number

HB 150

Position

Oppose

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