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Congress appears poised to approve voting reform legislation without clarifying the rights of full-time RVers to vote in federal elections.

The House passed a reform bill last month and the Senate is contemplating its own version. Both bills would provide millions of dollars to the states to buy new voting equipment, better train poll workers and improve registration lists.

However, the voting rights of full-time RVers remains unclear despite lobbying efforts by the Good Sam Club and the Escapees RV Club.

Good Sam is a unit of Affinity Group Inc., which also is the publisher of RV Business and RVBUSINESS.COM.

Sue Bray, president of the Good Sam Club, said she is “cautiously optimistic” there will be an outcome favorable to full-time RVers.

Meanwhile, Escapees CEO Cathie Carr said, “Congress does not want to take control from the individual states, so their language will probably only contain some ‘encouraging words’ at best.

“My gut feeling,” Carr continued, “is that until there is a resolution, we will be put in the position of defending our rights on an ongoing basis as new elections come into play.”