Thursday, January 22, 2009
Is GOP Against Democracy?
Senate committee endorses absentee voting, Obenshain against...
A Senate committee on Tuesday endorsed a no-excuse absentee voting bill, which would allow Virginia voters to cast their ballots before election day without providing one of 17 specific reasons now required. Proponents argued the current system forces registrars to wade through and verify the long list of acceptable reasons to cast an absentee ballot and makes more accessible the most basic right of a democracy. Twenty-six states already have similar systems.
Virginia GOP delegates thwart democracy
Lowering barriers seems a worthwhile goal in a nation where voter turnout is sometimes measured in the teens. But a handful of Virginia lawmakers is determined instead to perpetuate an ethical dilemma for thousands of constituents who just want to cast a ballot. On Monday, in the early holiday hours, a group of Republican members of the House of Delegates dustbinned yet another effort to open early voting to any Virginian who wants to cast a ballot.
Note: Delegate Steve Landes, 25th District, helped kill this measure.