I sent the following to the Joint Committee on Election Laws today in support of Vote by Mail provisions for the 2020 elections in the Commonwealth:
Dear Chair Finegold and Chair Lawn,
I am writing today in support of SD.2912/HD.5026, the 2020 Vote by Mail Act, as a political candidate and a concerned citizen of the Commonwealth.
I believe that anyone who wishes to do so should be able to vote in person, as the bill provides for, but we are all well aware that the process of re-opening our Commonwealth will be long, careful, and strenuous, and the possibility of that uncertainty extending into September and November will compound the existing stress on individuals, families, and campaigns.
Speaking as an individual, I am confident that Vote by Mail is safer for my own wellbeing, the wellbeing of others in my community, and the wellbeing of poll workers, who tend to be older and more at risk. To err on the side of caution, and to protect the lives of my neighbors, I am adamantly in support of expanding the eligibility of vote by mail to include everyone.
Speaking from our campaign, I believe it is an imperative that every registered voter receives a ballot. As uncertainty continues building surrounding this pandemic, we should not ask voters in our Commonwealth to have to face further challenges in voting than they will already be presented with. Our campaign has spoken with many concerned families, who fear that voting will be unnecessarily complicated during our September 1st primary. I do not want voters in a situation where they must choose between voting and their safety. We need to send an absentee ballot to each of them automatically.
I appreciate your work on this important issue. Defending democracy is the business we are all in, and I hope you'll find Vote by Mail the safest way to ensure our Commonwealth has free and fair elections.
Michael Eugene Dooley