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Absentee Voting [1 VAC 20 ‑ 70]
Action Material omissions from absentee ballots.
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Comment Period Ends 10/12/2011
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10/7/11  4:41 pm
Commenter: Jean Lowe, retired *

In support of improving access to the vote
 

Obviously steps to prevent fraud are important, but it sounds as if much of the debate is about trivial process issues.  If the registrar sends an absentee ballot, it seems that all the voter should have to do is to sign and send the ballot back in the enclosed envelope.  As a 70 year old person who has always voted in elections, I find some of these procedures limiting and confusing.  Where do I get a witness?  Are the instructions in BIG PRINT for those of us who don't see as well as we once did.  Are they simple to conform to?  Let's make sure that everyone registered to vote has a chance to cast a ballot with the minimum of red tape consistent with assuring that no one votes twice and that no one who has not registered can vote.  More than this is harassment to older citizens and probably to many others.

The resgistrar in Fairfax makes a good point.  I support her view.




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