Public Comments for: HB185 - Voter registration; registration permitted up to and including the day of the election.
Last Name: Diehl Locality: Loudoun

I strongly support the requirement for a photo ID for voter registration and voting (HB46) This is a common sense, no hassle safeguard to defeat fraud. Similarly, we should ELIMINATE same day registration (HB185). There is simply no way to instantaneously verify that a person is who they claim to be. Furthermore, this imposes a huge, unnecessary burden on election officials or those who may be tasked with a forensic audit, etc. I support the reduction of the early voting period (HB39). Two weeks is adequate for those who must be out of town on business, etc. I support limitations on large amounts of outside funding (HB 205). American elections SHOULD NOT be for sale. As a retired Marine officer and current elections official, I am astounded that sober politicians persist in trying to subvert the Constitution (to which they took an oath) and enable voter fraud through the practices as listed above, as well as ballot harvesting and use of unsecured drop boxes! Through its lack of good judgment and integrity, persons on the Loudoun County School Board have already made us a nationally known laughingstock. Let's pray that similarly minded people in the State Senate DON'T expand our shame by opening our election processes open to rampant fraud.

Last Name: Kasch Organization: a long time Virginian Locality: Arlington

I'm a Virginian in favor of safeguarding the election process. Since I am an Arlington county election officer, I know that preventing election fraud requires voters to be citizens verifiable by free voter ID and a verifiable pre-election day registration process. 14 days is plenty of time to vote. Same day voter registration is wrong because there is no way to verify eligibility and identity. The 45 day election season is an expensive use of taxpayer dollars for election operations. The longer election period provides greater opportunity for fraud and abuse by felons, identity thieves, or illegal inhabitants. It also is burdensome to unpaid poll watchers and other election operations volunteers. Increased demands on the postal service to deliver absentee ballots is asking for chaos and mass disenfranchisement. Election results will take longer to tabulate if there is a massive amount of mail-in voting. Absentee ballots make it much easier to forge a signature, impersonate a voter, or buy a vote in the privacy of one’s home than it is in a voting booth at the polls where oversight occurs. These are common sense election procedures.

Last Name: Bartholomew Theresa Locality: Midlothian

Same day voter registration is wrong because there is o way to verify eligibility and identity. Please oppose this bill.

Last Name: Carpenter Organization: Virginia State Conference NAACP Locality: Chesterfield

The Virginia State Conference NAACP opposes this bill in its entirety. Same Day voter registration has been implemented in some fashion in nearly 20 states nationwide. Studies have shown that it helps in increase turnout between 3-7% and has no direct benefit to either party in prior studies. This bill seeks to roll back gains made by the legislature to make voting easier for Virginians and more accessible for all. The VSC NAACP calls on members of this committee to reject HB185 and keep Virginia as the beacon of democracy and voting rights in the South.

Last Name: Nicholls Locality: Chesapeake

All bills that will reflect a stronger more secure election in the future. Considering both sides, Trump and Biden, have spoken in regards to those concerns, these should be reported on with bipartisan approval. Thank you.

Last Name: Gerchick Organization: League of Women Voters of Virginia Locality: Fauquier

The League of Women Voters of Virginia opposes the repeal of the same day voter registration law passed last year. Many of us League members serve as officers of election or election observers. In every election at least one voter and often several arrive at our polling places ready, eager, and proud to vote, only to be turned away because the voter had moved, even from just a few miles away. Also, 18 year-olds who did register have quite frequently not shown up in the system, meaning they could not vote even though they were registered. To register at the precinct, voters must show proof of identity, residency, and qualification to vote. If people are eligible to vote in the precinct, they should be allowed to cast their ballots. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have same day voter registration. Our research shows that they have implemented it successfully.

Last Name: Boyer Locality: Fairfax County

Election Integrity guarantees our voice is heard and the we can trust the system. It is foundational to the backbone of this country. It has been my astonishing revelation that this most SACRED of all abilities - believed to be held UP- in such esteem and REVERENCE yet in reality is trampled upon, disrespected and disgraced , given away with no value whatsoever in order to game the system. It is totally and completely unprotected. IT is UNTRUE. This reminds me of the snake oil salesmen who came into towns in the early days selling fakery and un-truths. As the American people come learn the truth - it IS happening now folks, make no mistake, they will ask the leadership to answer for this'd hold you accountable for this bait and switch. WE need real election integrity for LEGAL CITIZENS ONLY. WE NEED PRISTINELY CLEAN VOTER ROLLS. Here is the list of what we must do to repair and restore the trust of the American People. Establish laws enabling forensic audits and voter canvass Repeal same day voter registration Repeal no voter identification Repeal the permanent absentee ballot list Repeal no-excuse AB Repeal 3rd party mailing of AB Repeal ballot harvesting Eliminate AB drop boxes. We also want 1 day of voting, but anything less than 45 days would be better than nothing. Do not accept AB after Election DAY. Repeal pre-registration of 16 year olds Repeal automatic voter registration by DMV Please vote appropriately on ALL bills in support of these goals. Angela Boyer Great Falls Va 22066

Last Name: Kari Tudor Locality: Damascus

Since there has never been any significant fraud in Virginia elections, we should keep and expand measures that make it easier for all of our citizens to participate the the most sacred of our democratic rights. There is no reason to make access to the ballot box tougher. We need to keep early voting, mail-in ballots, drop boxes, and enough polling places so there are not unreasonable wait times. The more citizens included in this process the stronger their involvement and commitment to their community, state, and nation.

Last Name: Tran Locality: Herndon

I am in support of HB1855, only if it pertains to first time new voters only. There should be a cut off date prior to election day for new registration of voters. The day of election should not be when new voters are registered, as verification of ID and address becomes difficult at the polls. If a voter has moved but not updated their addresses, they should be required to either go back and vote at their original precinct (old address), or vote via provisional ballot based upon their new address. I am also in support of HB24, that would require a photo id, however, it should not be required that it be a state government or federally issued id.

Last Name: Boyer Organization: self Locality: FX county

Election Integrity depends on 3 primary things: REAL VOTER ID, the ELIMINATION OF VOTER DROP BOXES and NO ABSENTEE BALLOTS TO BE USED w/ THE exception for military assignments out of state or country.

Last Name: Weitzman Locality: Fredericksburg

SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM - Please Reject Confidence that our elections are fair is important. This is the paradox, though: raising alarms about election security, EVEN WHEN THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF CHEATING, is what undermines that confidence. Until you've made the case that there are people voting who shouldn't, or that there is cheating or foul play going on, there is no reason to make it harder to vote, which is what this bill does. We ALL benefit from widespread participation in elections. Making it less convenient and more expensive for people to vote is wrong. Please reject this bill. Thank you.

Last Name: Kanoyton Organization: VA State Conference NAACP Locality: Hampton

The VA State Conference doesn't support any voter suppression bills that cause barriers to vote. HB 24 46 185 187 544 780 944 941 942 1090

Last Name: Mayhew Locality: Fairfax

I strongly oppose HB185's attempt to cancel the right of a voter to register to vote up to the day of an election. I have served as an election officer and seen Virginians who had recently moved discover after standing in line at their new polling place that they would not be allowed to vote because they had missed the deadline for changing their registration to their new address. I have seen them look at their watch to determine whether they could get to their former polling place in rush hour traffic before the polls closed. They had proper identification and proof of their new address, but the missed deadline kept them from voting. Their frustration was evident. At the same time, I knew that my nephew living in California and my friends in Maryland and Maine had the ability to register to vote on election day, so they could make their votes count. Numerous states allow same day registration to vote without any logistical or security problems. It is time for Virginia to do so, too.

Last Name: DeJulio Locality: Manassas

As a Virginia resident, I am opposed to all of the proposed bills for this session. I am concerned that the restrictions may further challenge low-income Virginians’ ability to participate in elections. Thank you for your consideration.

Last Name: Hamilton Locality: Fairfax County

Please oppose HB24, HB46, and HB185. We should be supporting legislation that expands access to voting and creates a stronger democracy. We all benefit when more people are able to vote and have a direct influence in our democratic process. Requiring photo IDs and limiting same-day voter registration limit participation in our democratic process and do not make our elections more secure.

Last Name: Kimberlin Locality: Fredericksburg

Voting should be simple, quick, and accesible to everyone. We have a lot of elderly and/or disabled residents, people who don't have access to a car, or members of the military serving overseas. Our legislators in Richmond should be working to make every Virginia's voice is heard. In addition, returning citizens should be eligible to vote once their sentence is completed. If they've served their time in prison as determined by a judge and/or jury, no purpose is served by denying them the right to vote.

Last Name: Antondes Locality: Arlington

I oppose H.B. 185, H.B. 187, and H.B. 941, which would disallow same-day voter registration. The bills would strip away legitimate voters' rights on the false premise that there has been widespread voter fraud in Virginia. Many citizens who have been dropped from registration lists because they haven't voted in recent elections would be surprised on election day when they decide to have their voices heard but are unjustly turned away from their polling places.

Last Name: Antonides Locality: Arlington

I oppose H.B. 174 because it prevents grassroots contributions to campaigns while allowing unlimited self-funding so that wealthy candidates -- or corrupt candidates who accept gifts outside of campaign contributions -- will have an unfair financial advantage.

Last Name: Marie Locality: ARLINGTON

Virginia enacted several new voting laws in 2020 and 2021 to make voting more accessible during the pandemic. Early in-person voting hours were increased, mail-in absentee ballots no longer required a witness signature, more drop-box locations were available. These changes led to record voter turnout (with insignificant fraud) in both the 2020 presidential election and the 2021 gubernatorial election. Therefore I oppose any new bill that would restrict our rights to accessible voting.

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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