The Virginia chapter of the ACLU is strongly in favor of two bills introduced in the 2018 legislative session that allow for “no excuse” absentee voting. Under current Virginia law, you may only vote absentee ballot if you have a reason such as travel away from your polling, or you will be working more than 10 hours on Election Day. Both of these bills assure that all voters can vote absentee by mail or in person without having to give the government an excuse. If both bills make it out of committee and are passed they would go to a reconciliation committee to be combined into a single bill which would then be voted on, and if pass, go on to the Governor.
- VA House Bill 57 (HB57) is sponsored by Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) and is currently in committee. HB57
- VA Senate Bill 114 (SB114) is sponsored by Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) and is currently in committee.
See all of the ACLU’s positions on these bills on Richmond Sunlight.com: https://www.richmondsunlight.com/photosynthesis/6hz90/
Find out more about how you can join ACLU’s PeoplePower and advocate for this legislation at peoplepower.org and download the voting rights advocacy toolkit here, https://acluva.org/en/publications/advocacy-toolkit-voting-rights
Senator Jennifer Wexton
20 W. Market St.
Leesburg, VA 20176
Del. Chris Collins
117 W. Boscawen St.
Winchester, VA 22611
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Clarke, VA 22620
Del Dave LaRock