VA Senate Approves "No-Excuse" Absentee Voting

January 26, 2009

(AP) - The Senate has passed legislation to allow Virginia voters to cast absentee ballots for any reason.

Currently, those who want to vote absentee must meet one of 17 criteria, such as being out of town on election day, being pregnant or taking care of an ill family member.

Sen. Janet Howell's bill would allow in-person voting for 45 days before an election for any reason. Those who wish to vote absentee by mail still would have to have one of the 17 excuses.

The bill passed 24-16 on Monday.

A similar bill already died in the House of Delegates.


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