WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), along with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), today introduced new legislation to fight voter suppression by ensuring every American voter has the option to vote at home. The lawmakers introduced the Vote at Home Act, new legislation to massively expand vote-at-home ballot access, provide voters with pre-paid ballot envelopes, and enact automatic voter registration.
The legislation follows the successful expansion of voting at home and by mail in the November 2020 election, when nearly 50 percent of voters used a vote-at-home ballot, an all-time high in federal races.
“Voting is a fundamental right and now more than ever, we have a responsibility to make it as easy as possible,” said Brown. “By expanding vote-at-home ballot access, this legislation will make it easier for Ohioans to have their voices heard.”
The lawmakers introduced the legislation after 30 states adopted or changed their laws for the 2020 general election, allowing voters to cast their ballots from home in order to provide greater accessibility and to protect public health.
Specifically, the Vote at Home Act will:
Joining Brown and Wyden in introducing the bill in the Senate are Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).
A copy of the Vote at Home Act is available here.