Lawmaker hopes to increase low voter turnout

State Senator David Blount (D) is working on legislation to address low voter turnout and improve voter participation.

His daughter who is in college has spent $20.00 to receive and notarize ballots for both elections.

“It is very difficult to vote absentee. You have to request a ballot that has to be notarized,” said Blount. “Where she lives that costs $5.00 to get something notarized. Then you have to get a ballot. That has to be notarized. that’s $10.00. Then you have to request a runoff ballot if you’re voting in today’s runoff election”.

Over the past three years, Blount has also introduced bills addressing, early voting and online voter registration.

He believes making the process more convenient could increase voter participation.