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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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10/7/11  5:57 pm
Commenter: Nancy Treusch

absentee ballots - poor penmanship

If it is true that penmanship, i.e., a "sloppy" signature, could disqualify a citizen from absentee voting rights, then I gues there are going to be many doctors who get disqualified as they tend to have really illegible signatures. If this proposed change is true, then the change should not hapen. How does the State Elections Commissiont rationalize discriminating against people with physical and/or neurological disabilities (who may not even be able to hold a pen, let alone sign a legible signature); people with visual impairments who can't even see the line where they are to sign; people with writing disabilities; the elderly; the illiterate who can sign an "x" as a valid signature for other government purposes, wills.  On what data is this proposal based? This is a very biased attempt to take away voting rights, a basic constitutional right of all citizens regardless of their ability to sign a "legible" signature, whatever that means. This amendment should not be adopted.  

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