Washington, D.C. – Today the Washington, D.C. council approved two pro-democracy bills that would make mail-in voting permanent, increase the number of drop boxes, allow non-citizens the right to vote in local elections, and more.
In response, Carlos Childs, Fair and Secure Elections Organizer at Public Citizen, issued the following statement:
“The passage of these two pro-voter bills today is another fantastic step forward for fair elections and the expansion of voting rights in DC. Making mail-in voting permanent, increasing the number of drop boxes, allowing non-citizens the right to vote in local elections, and more is how we work towards a more equal democracy. DC may not have a vote in Congress, but with these bills the District will ensure every resident’s voice can be heard on local matters. Thank you Councilmembers Charles Allen and Brianne Nadeau for sponsoring these tremendous pieces of legislation and all the members who championed them.
“We call for the speedy passage of the Automatic Voter Registration bill before the Council, which would continue to make it easier for voters interacting with the DC government to register and stay up to date.”