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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Elections
State Board of Elections
Absentee Voting [1 VAC 20 ‑ 70]
Action Material omissions from absentee ballots.
Stage Final
Comment Period Ends 10/12/2011
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10/8/11  5:31 pm
Commenter: Richard H. Lessard, Virginia resident and voter

Unreasonably strict qualification of absentee ballots

The proposed changes to the rules concerning material omissions to absentee ballots are unreasonable and excessive. They far in excess of what is normally enforced in other legal contexts, for example, contract law. It is hard to construe the proposed changes as anything other than a deliberate effort to disqualify as many absentee ballots as possible. 

A signficant percentage of those who complete absentee ballots suffer from medical disabilities or other conditions that make it difficult for them to complete paperwork to the same exacting standard as people who are unimpaired. Making it more difficult for these people is inherently discriminatory and is contrary to generally accepted democratic principles.

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