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Pandemic-era changes to DC voting might soon become permanent

November 10, 2021

Voting by mail may be here to stay in the District, if new legislation introduced by the city council goes through.

The Elections Modernization Amendment Act of 2021, sponsored by Ward 6 council member Charles Allen and co-sponsored by six other members, would make permanent many voting changes implemented during the pandemic.

Allen said it was easier to vote during the pandemic and he wants it to be just as easy going forward. The idea is to allow every registered D.C. voter the option of voting by mail — each would receive a postage paid ballot and be provided with tracking updates.

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