Tuesday, January 27, 2009

No excuses to cast an absentee ballot passes the Senate

Virginia voters would not longer be required to give an excuse to cast an absentee ballot in person under legislation that cleared the Senate on Monday. Currently, those who want to vote absentee must meet one of 17 criteria, such as being out of town on election day, pregnant or taking care of an ill family member. Sen. Janet Howell’s bill, which passed 24-16, would allow in-person voting for 45 days before an election for any reason. Those who wish to vote absentee by mail still would have to have one of the 17 excuses. A similar bill died in a House of Delegates subcommittee last week. Last year, the measure passed out of the Senate overwhelmingly, but died in the House. “This year, we have an additional 321,743 reasons to vote for this bill,” said Howell, D-Fairfax, referring to the number of people who cast an absentee ballot in person before the presidential election in November. Many voters waited in line for hours to cast that ballot. <- More Here

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: State Politics



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