House finance committee approves voter fraud bill

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — House lawmakers will consider prohibiting Hawaii employers, unions and candidates from helping voters complete their ballots after a committee approved a bill aimed at preventing voter fraud.

The House Committee on Finance approved a proposal that would also require people who send in absentee ballots to pledge that they did so in secret.

The bill approved Monday would also and require ballots to include information about voter fraud and its consequences.

Supporters say the bill is necessary because of past problems with voter intimidation. They say the proposal could help protect the democratic process.

County clerks from Maui and Kauai say the bill would impose an administrative burden on their offices. They say state law is already consistent with federal law regarding voter fraud.

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