The House has just voted 53-16 to return the vote-by-mail bill, HB 94, to the House State Affairs Committee, at the request of the chairman, Rep. Tom Loertscher. Loertscher said there was a problem with the bill that needed another look in committee. “This is so vitally important to the process of electing our elected officials, and that’s why we want to make sure that there’s not a hole in this somewhere that would cause some kind of a problem in the election process,” Loertscher told the House. Backers of the bill were suspicious, as Loertscher opposes the bill, and wanted to make sure that the committee’s strong majority vote in favor of the vote-by-mail measure was respected. But the bill’s floor sponsor, Rep. Clete Edmunson, said he had no problem with the move. “The good gentleman from 15 and a couple of others have brought up some good points. It is a good bill,” he said. “We want to make sure it is correct when it gets down here.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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