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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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10/10/11  9:39 am
Commenter: Joy Loving, Citizen

We Should Ensure that Our Citizens Know Exactly How to Vote Correctly.

In reguard to VAC20-70-20. Material omissions from absentee ballots, Item C, #s 1, 2, & 3 are too restrictive, especially if all other identifying information matches; they should be non-material omissions/mistakes.

The Elections Board should ensure by regulation & prior review that ALL jurisdictions' absentee (& in-person) ballots provide CLEAR, EXPLICIT, & EASILY UNDERSTANDABLE instructions (8th grade education language level) for EACH ballot item that the voter must complete.  These instructions must give examples for each item, including what is NOT acceptable.  Also, there are many citizens who do not know how to write cursively & thus whose signatures are printed rather than written cursively.  Such a signature should NOT disqualify a voter's absentee ballot.

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