Republican Senators Vote To Kill No-Excuse Absentee Bill
SB 3 fails in near party-line vote
Richmond, VA -- In a mostly party-line vote today, the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections voted to kill SB 3, which would have allowed voters to cast absentee ballots in person with no need to provide a specific reason for doing so.
Sen. Jill Vogel (R - Winchester) joined Democrats in supporting the bill, which failed 6-7.
Senator Janet D. Howell (D - Fairfax), the bill's patron, said, "Plenty of Virginians face obstacles to voting that don't technically qualify them to vote absentee. These Virginians still deserve a voice in our government, and this bill would have helped to ensure that those voices are heard."
Senator A. Donald McEachin (D - Henrico), the Democratic Caucus chair, said, "As recent elections have shown, every single vote counts. Our democracy is strongest when every voice is heard, and this bill would have moved us towards that goal. I am deeply disappointed that most of my Republican colleagues voted against this bill."