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Absentee Voting [1 VAC 20 ‑ 70]
Action Material omissions from absentee ballots.
Stage Final
Comment Period Ends 10/12/2011
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10/7/11  6:44 pm
Commenter: Suzanne LiPuma *

Protect legitimate votes
 

I oppose this regulation.

I understand that if the agency cannot determine whose voite it is, the vote should be invalid. 

But I dont understand why, for example, someone writing "Bob" instead of "Robert" on the envelope should be sufficient to disqualify a vote, if all the other information is correct and it is possible to identify the voter.  Nor do I understand why a person who confuses the order of their name should be disqualified, all other things withstanding.

This regulatory action seems overly strict, and I urge you to reconsider it.  This is the United States -- our troops are risking their lives and dying for our right to live in a democratic country. Lets not undo that here at home by disqualifying real folks votes, (including those traveling overseas or living in other states) just because they make a very minor error.




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