Public Comments for: HB305 - Elections; appointment of Commissioner of Elections, membership of Board, effective date.
Last Name: McDaniel Locality: Fairfax

I am opposed to 2 provisions of this bill. The first is (vii) which requires that audits of ballot scanner machines must take place prior to the certification of election results. I don't believe this is necessary. Each scanner is tested before the election. If a scanner malfunctions on election day an audit would be appropriate. Further, I'm not sure the audits can be completed before certification in larger jurisdictions and the law doesn't explain what happens if that process is not completed before certification date. Finally, if the election margin is large, the result is unlikely to change after a time-consuming and costly audit. The other provision I oppose is (ix) which requires a legible postmark on an absentee ballot. Postmarks are only critical if a ballot is received after election day, to prove that the ballot was mailed in accordance with law. Why would you need to have a legible postmark on a ballot that was received before the polls closed, except to exclude voters? Also, a voter cannot control the legibility of a postmark because they don't control the machines, nor do they control the weather--rain can smudge postmarks. I believe this proposed change serves no legitimate purpose. Also, disallowing "other official indicia of confirmation of mailing" makes this provision even more punitive.

Last Name: Nicholls Locality: Chesapeake

Please move to report HJ9, HB130, HB605, HJ57, HB46, HB305, HB1102. Thank you.

Last Name: Nicholls Locality: Chesapeake

HB205 would make it illegal for an election official to accept money from any individual or entity except the government to fund an election, protecting public elections from influence by private wealthy individuals and entities. HB305 would increase the number of members of the State Board of Elections from five to six, three members from each party. Currently, the Commissioner of Elections is appointed by the Governor, but if this bill is adopted the Commissioner would now be appointed by a supermajority of the State Board of Elections instead. The bill also includes provisions to improve accuracy of the voting roll, require voter ID, require election audits, better manage drop off locations, and more.

Last Name: Martin Locality: Fairfax

This bill provides for Election Board members to serve a term of six years, Even the governor of Virginia serves a term of only 4 years. The Election Board must not have a longer term than elected officers in Virginia. I oppose this bill. It also provides a long list of requirements for voter ID which are not necessary for providing the security of virginia votes.

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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