With the election last week and all that entailed, I didn’t get a chance to write my weekly op-ed for its usual Wednesday publication. I got in done in time for Friday’s paper. In it, I addressed the long lines that voters experienced last Tuesday.
As a political observer, I don’t recall a previous time when the State Board of Elections decided to delay the posting of election results because voters were still in line. Yet, that’s what happened last Tuesday. Virginians were left in the dark for hours about the outcome of votes. (And with the re-design of the SBE website, we still are missing data.)
I agree with David Frum: America’s voting system is a disgrace. And Virginia’s is even worse than that.
Until we have federal voting reform, something I hope the president takes up in his second term, Virginia needs to join the 21st Century and allow no-excuse absentee voting.
There simply is no excuse for not having it.
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