Public Comments for: HB15 - Elections administration; requests made pursuant to the FOIA, deferment of response.
Last Name: Alley Locality: Albemarle County Earlysville Virginia

Comments Document

Dear Privileges and Elections Committee Members, I urge the committee to vote in favor of the Right to Vote Amendment and the associated referendum bills: HJ9 and HB130. Passing the amendment places the responsibility for this important decision where it should be – with Virginia's voters during the 2022 elections. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Beth Alley

Last Name: Ned Jones Locality: Glen Allen

We need transparency in our elections, not an information blackout for 60 plus days. Registrars in Virginia are not transparent, and only respond to FOIA requests. Why in the world do you want to block our only tool at the time we need it most? A good example, we tracked Drop Box daily Chain of Custody forms with FOIA requests last year. Fairfax refused and we filed suit and won. You should be as concerned about making our elections more transparent, as you are about the workload on registrars. If the Registrars were more transparent with public information, we wouldn’t need FOIA.

Last Name: Martin Locality: Fairfax

Voting is a constitutional right. Any law that restricts rather than expands our constitutional right & DUTY to vote is simply voter suppression. We must not repeal any expansions of absentee ballots. Do not decrease early voting. - extend the number of days allowed. Do not eliminate any ballot box locations- expand. We have no need to re-register absentee ballots every year. No excuse absentee voting is absolutely crucial. The state must provide easy and free access to voter ID if a photo is required. Since the USPS has slowed considerably, we must keep the 3 day rule for receiving ballots after election day. All local elections must be on Election Day (in Nov). Election Day should be a holiday. Until we do a complete overhaul of campaign finance & eliminate dark money/special interests there must be no restrictions on outreach, education & registration or from where a candidate may collect funds. Voter registration up to and including Election Day is absolutely crucial to ensure all citizens vote. I support all bills expanding our rights and abilities to make voting as easy as possible. I oppose all bills attempting to restrict any access to our ballot and our vote. The process is too important for the elected officials to be able to restrict us from our duty to be informed voters. Keep expanding our rights. Do not restrict, suppress or subvert them.

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