January 19, 2009
(AP) - A House of Delegates subcommittee has killed bills that would have made it easier for Virginians to vote before an election.
Democrats proposed the measures after a record number of people voted absentee in the November presidential election. They could not overcome the 4-2 Republican majority on the subcommittee that killed the bills early Monday morning.
The House Privileges and Elections subcommittee rejected a bill that would have done away with the requirement that voters who wish to cast an absentee ballot in person meet one of 17 criteria, such as being out of town or caring for a sick family member. A similar bill to allow early voting also was killed.
Similar bills in the Democrat-controlled Senate remain alive.