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Another early morning meeting, same result

insanity1At 7:30 this morning, the Elections subcommittee of the House P&E committee met. Today’s docket included most of the early voting bills that have been introduced so far, including HB 1520 by Republican Del. Ron Villaneuva of Virginia Beach.

No matter. Just as we saw yesterday, even when it comes from members of their own party, those in charge of the committees in the House are unwilling to pass commonsense legislation. The only expansion of absentee voting is to allow those 65 or older.

And I can’t believe the registrars are complaining. I guess having all those pesky voters show up before election day is simply too much work, especially compared to having them stand in line for hours on end on Election Day.

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12 thoughts on “Another early morning meeting, same result

    • Wrong. From the proposed legislation (emphasis mine):

      Any registered voter may vote absentee in person in accordance with the provisions of this chapter in any election in which he is qualified to vote without providing one of the reasons listed in subdivisions 1 through 11.

      • Wrong. Voters would STILL have had to have one of those reasons listed in subdivisions 1 through 11. The bill would only have removed the obligation to say which reason one had.

        • Further – read the description of the bill:

          Provides that qualified voters may vote absentee in person without providing an excuse or reason for not being able to vote in person on election day. The bill retains the present statutory list of specific reasons entitling a voter to cast an absentee ballot for those persons who vote absentee by mail.

          The reasons portion is only for those requesting an absentee ballot. There is no reason required for in-person absentee voting.

  1. People who stood in lines for long periods of time need to keep an eye on this bill, be ready to stand in long lines again to get the people out of there, who are against this bill, so we can expand absentee voting or early voting.

    NuAmerica

  2. Warren , you are reading that wrong. “Without an excuse or reason” means exactly what it says. Those voting in person absentee don’t have to have a reason. If the bill did nothing, there was no reason to kill it. Hell, it wouldn’t have made it out of Legislative Services if it did nothing.

    • Yes, it does. But that phrase, “without an excuse or reason,” would not have been in the amended law.

      What the bill would have added is, “Any registered voter may vote absentee in person in accordance with the provisions of this chapter in any election in which he is qualified to vote without providing one of the reasons listed in subdivisions 1 through 11.”

      Now, if they had wanted it to be as you say, would they not have replaced the word “providing” with the word “having”?

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