On Thursday, the Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 210 allowing alternative procedures for absentee ballots during elections held in 2020. The bill allows anyone who requests an absentee ballot to attach a photocopy of certain identification cards with their ballot instead of having the ballot notarized. It also sets a process for absentee ballots to be delivered to registered voters residing in nursing homes or veterans’ centers. Sen. Paul Scott, R-Duncan, released the following statement regarding his support of the measure.
“During this historic time, it’s critical that Oklahoma voters have every avenue to let their voices be heard and to participate in their government. Following the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this week that requiring absentee ballots to be notarized was unlawful, the legislature had to take swift action to protect the rights of Oklahoma voters.
“Senate Bill 210 will allow those who don’t feel comfortable voting in person because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic to submit an absentee ballot along with a copy of one’s driver license or other identification card. This will ensure Oklahomans aren’t excluded from participating in this fall’s election because they fear for their health or have the virus.
“I’m also pleased the bill will ensure that absentee ballots are provided to citizens in nursing homes and veterans centers around the state. Without these individuals, our state wouldn’t be what it is today, so providing them with this service is the least we can do to show our appreciation for all they’ve done for our state over the years. Every Oklahoman deserves to have their voice heard.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Scott: (405) 521-5522 or Paul.Scott@oksenate.gov
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