Voting Reform

There Will Be No Paper Trail in VA's Largest Jurisdiction This Year - Unless We Act

Due to budget shortfalls, Fairfax County cannot afford paper ballots for their optical scan machines, and will only be using their electronic machines - the same kind of machine that crashed in the March 10th special election.

What's more, they will not be opening the Satellite Locations around the county as they did last November. Only the Government Center will be open for In-Person Absentee Voting.

Is Orrock Going After Third Parties?

bobby-orrock?w=200Del. Bobby Orrock (R-54) recently introduced HB 2642, and a major third party in Virginia is not happy about it. Here's the key paragraph:

... (iii) makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to pay or receive compensation on a fee per signature or on a basis related to the number of signatures obtained for circulating election-related petitions or completing and submitting voter registration applications;...

I'm kind of torn...

Stop Assault on Verified Voting: House of Delegates Committee to Vote (5 PM today) on Eliminating Rule Banning Paperless Voting

This is not the article I had planned for today, but necessity upends my blogging wish-list. You can do one small, but crucial thing, to help save the people's voice today. A critical vote is on the docket for 5 PM tonight. Here's what's up:

Voting Reform Proposals ahead for General Assembly

(Cross posted to What IS Right for Virginia)

From today's news, we see that Virginia legislators will be attempting to bring voting reform into the 21st century.

If Sen. L. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth and Dels. Onzlee Ware of Roanoke and Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg, have their way, Virginia voters will have the option of no-excuse absentee voting in the future.

Thirty-two states allow early in-person voting, either absentee or on voting machines at designated locations, according to the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College in Portland, Ore. Twenty-eight states also allow no-excuse absentee voting by mail.

Notice that these changes are being proposed by Democrats? While GOP candidate for governor Bob McDonnell is also pushing for voting reform, he conveniently skipped over these sort of proposals.