CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued a statement following the House vote to pass HB611, which changes absentee ballot laws so that anyone could request an absentee ballot for any reason.

“The mantra from Democrats is that they want clean and fair elections, but their legislation suggests they only want to remove reasonable provisions from our laws that provide for cleaner and fairer elections,” Rep. Dick Hinch said. “Now is the wrong time to be considering this law. Just recently North Carolina’s State Board of Elections ordered a new election in the state’s ninth congressional district. This was after fraud was uncovered by way of tampering with absentee ballots. We believe our absentee ballot laws are fine the way they are and believe this bill will put the integrity of our elections at risk and undermine the election process.” HB611 passed by a majority vote of 198-163.