Secretary of State Steve Simon is calling on state lawmakers to give his office temporary expanded authority to help ensure safe elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. He says it’s an urgent matter that requires action…

“Because if we guess right now, if we guess that the crisis will go past us and that it’ll be over by August or that there won’t be a wave 2 in November, and if we guess wrong, we’re in for a real disaster of an election season.”

Simon is pushing for expanded statewide mail ballots and absentee voting. He says it’s a matter of public health. The proposal also calls for a reduction in the number of polling places and extra time allotted for elections administrators to process ballots.