Elections

Local registrar offices brace for no-excuse voting law's effects

Local registrar offices brace for no-excuse voting law's effects

While it will be more convenient for Virginians to cast votes in the November 2020 elections thanks to a new no-excuse voting law, local elections officials say it will be a logistical challenge to carry out the state mandate.

It’s all thanks to Senate Bill 1026. That legislation, and its twin House Bill 2790, allows citizens to cast an absentee ballot in-person beginning on the second Saturday immediately prior to the election without filling out an application or declaring a reason for doing so.

Typically, in order to vote absentee, a voter must fill out an application and declare a reason, such as being away at college, pregnancy or serving in the armed...

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