A House committee has killed a plan that would have allowed any registered Louisiana voter to request an absentee ballot. Right now, voters must explain why they will not be able to vote in person when they apply to vote by mail. The Secretary of State can deny requests that do not demonstrate a state-approved need. Usually, absentee ballots are approved for senior citizens, students, ministers, people who are hospitalized, and people who have moved. Under the proposed failed measure, voters would not have been required to provide a reason in order to be approved for an absentee ballot. Lawmakers have already agreed to a limited, temporary expansion of mail-in voting to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For the July and August elections, voters with serious medical conditions, voters under quarantine, voters with COVID-19-like symptoms, and voters caring for someone in quarantine would also be approved for a mail-in ballot.