Public Comments for: HB895 - Elections; local electoral boards & general registrars to perform certain risk-limiting audits, etc.
Attached are comments of the League of Women Voters of Virginia pertaining to three bills, HB 895, HB 1082, and HB 1140. The League supports HB 895 and HB 1140 but opposes HB 1082.
The League of Women Voters submits comments, as follows: HB 895 - In support of risk-limiting audits, the best way to determine whether the reported outcome of an election is correct; HB 1082 and HB 1109 - In opposition to giving cities and towns the option to revert from November elections to May elections because it suppresses turnout; HB1262 - In opposition to turning nonpartisan races into partisan races because it increases divisiveness and takes the focus away from electing a candidate based purely on suitability and competence
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.