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Statement from Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Senate Bill 757

“Senate Bill 757 is a step in the right direction but does not go nearly far enough to provide the relief that clerks have been seeking for more than a year. I support the small step forward because I know at this point clerks will take any legislative assistance. But the bill comes up far short of what our clerks and voters deserve. The Bipartisan Policy Center recommends clerks have at least seven days to process absentee ballots before Election Day. This bill allows only ten hours, only minimal processing, and includes a sunset provision that requires clerks to continue their advocacy in years to come. Ultimately, it does a disservice to the 1,500 election officials who work tirelessly for their communities and our democracy, and doesn’t do enough to bring about more timely election results.”

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