If Virginia law limits no-excuse absentee voting to in-person only, qualified voters may be excluded from participating based upon a lack of readily accessible transportation, geography, income status, physical disabilities, and the constraints of modern-day individuals and families.
— Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director of the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union
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BJ · January 11, 2017 at 8:40 pm
Our daughter is registered to vote in Fauquier County, yet goes to college in another Virginia county. In the last election (2016) which would have been her first opportunity as a registered voter to vote, she didn't because she didn't get her absentee ballot submitted in time to Fauquier County. When a person is a registered voter in Virginia, why isn't it possible to vote in the Virginia county you are in at the time of an election? Our daughter said many, many students at her college didn't vote because they either didn't register, or didn't know about the absentee ballot requirement. I believe that it is a disservice that our colleges are not taking the time to educate their students about voting. Voting is one of our most powerful rights under the law. Public colleges receive funding, as well as students receiving Federal Financial Aid, from the US Federal Government. Students need to be aware of who they vote for, or not vote for, and how the winners of those elections can have a lasting effect on their lives in so many ways, positive and negative.