The Good Sam Club membership and financial services unit of Affinity Group Inc. is lobbying for a federal law to guarantee the federal election voting rights of people who live full-time in their RVs.
TL Enterprises Inc., publisher of RV Business and RVBUSINES.COM, also is a unit of Affinity Group.
Good Sam executives would like to see full-time RVers included a proposal before Congress about the absentee voting procedures for U.S. residents living in foreign countries at the time of a federal election. Jerry C. Hill, the lobbyist working on behalf of Good Sam, believes full-time RVers following the same absentee voting rules as U.S. citizens living in foreign countries would be a viable alternative.
“The full-time RVers issue resembles, somewhat, issues faced by overseas voters,” Hill said.
The bill before Congress would have election ballots mailed 45 days prior to a federal election to the address designated by the voter.
“If we can just make the right people aware of the full-timers’ dilemma, we might be able to add them (full-time RVers) to the bill,” said Good Sam Executive Director Sue Bray.
Meanwhile, the individual states would set their own rules for state and local elections.
The bill before Congress was introduced following the controversial outcome to last year’s presidential election in Florida. It would replace existing state laws with one federal law establishing rules for federal elections.
Full-time RVers also faced a challenge to their voting rights in Texas last year, due to a dispute over whether they met that state’s residency requirements.
A high percentage of full-time RVers list Texas as their home state because the 9,000-member Escapees club for full-time RVers has its headquarters there.