McDonnell Calls for Election Reform

December 16, 2008

(AP) - Attorney General Bob McDonnell is backing legislation to streamline the voting process, standardize guidelines to determine voter residence, and ensure that all ballots are properly counted.

McDonnell on Tuesday outlined eight proposals, including a measure to ensure that registrars send ballots in a timely manner to allow Virginians living abroad, including military members, to vote.

Other measures include amending Virginia law to allow voters to wear campaign stickers, shirts and pins to their polling place; expand absentee voting to law-enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders; and have local electoral boards appoint a "closing official" to oversee each precinct's counting of votes at the end of the day.

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