Sept. 4 LWV-VA APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF VOTER PROTECTIONS IN PANDEMIC
League of Women Voters Applauds Passage of Voter Protections in Pandemic
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September 4, 2020
CONTACT: Janet Boyd
League of Women Voters Applauds Passage of Bills Protecting Voters in Pandemic
Today, the Virginia General Assembly passed historic legislation making Election Day safer for both voters and poll workers.
“Virginia voters have improved access to voting in November,” says Deb Wake, president of League of Women Voters of Virginia. “The General Assembly made huge strides toward public safety during the pandemic. Today’s actions will help assure that all voters, no matter where they live in Virginia, can make their voices heard without risking their health.”
The General Assembly adopted the governor’s plans to allow voters to safely deposit their ballots for the November 3rd elections at designated voting areas. The Virginia Department of Elections will prescribe measures to ensure security at drop off locations in addition to numerous existing ballot verification measures. The new legislation also provides for prepaid return postage on vote by mail ballots and enables voters to correct errors on their mailed ballots received by October 31.
Ballots will begin to be mailed on September 18 to voters who request them. Voters should contact their local registrars to find out about drop off locations and where they can vote early in person. You can click here to register to vote or to check your registration status.
The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 when U.S. women won the right to vote. We work to encourage informed and active participation in government and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League is dedicated to empowering voters and defending democracy. We are proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.
For more information, visit the League of Women Voters of Virginia at lwv-va.org and on social media @lwvva and @leagueofwomenvoters.