Senators ask DOJ to intervene over voter deadlines

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Posted: Oct 05, 2016 6:53 PM

Two Democratic senators are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure that 10 states do not violate federal law with their mail-in voter registration deadlines for the November election.

Federal law requires mail-in registrations to be postmarked 30 days before the election. But that falls on a Sunday this year, followed by the Columbus Day holiday.

In their letter Wednesday, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Patrick Leahy of Vermont said all states should allow postmarks on the Tuesday after the holiday weekend. They say those that do not could disenfranchise thousands of people.

The states cited are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah and Washington. Officials in Utah, Washington and Arkansas say they will accept applications postmarked by the later date.