Lawmakers introduce bill to massively increase mail-in voting

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) led their colleagues in the House and Senate on Thursday in introducing legislation that would ensure all registered U.S. voters are sent mail-in ballots in the weeks ahead of Election Day.

The legislation, originally introduced in 2017, was reintroduced after an unprecedented use of mail-in ballots during the 2020 elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with just under half of voters making their choices remotely.

“Our democracy is stronger when every American can vote, without standing in ridiculous lines or having to take time off work or school to exercise their Constitutional rights,” Wyden, who led over a dozen other Democratic senators in introducing the bill, said in a statement Thursday.