Virginians who undervote or overvote but leave before the machine accepts their final ballots will be able to get some extra assistance from local election officials. That’s due to a new regulation adopted this week by the State Board of Elections. The extra step may not make much of a difference in lopsided elections, but it will help every vote get counted in the close ones.
The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College is out with its latest poll on the gubernatorial election. Republican Ken Cuccinelli leads Democrat Terry McAuliffe 37 to 31 percent but Institute Director Harry Wilson says more than a quarter of registered voters haven't decided who to vote for in November. The poll interviewed 525 registered Virginia voters between July 8th and the 14th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3%.
A special cybersecurity panel of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science has voted to move forward with crafting state legislation to enable many deployed military voters to cast their absentee ballots on-line.
The panel decided that the pilot program should focus on active-duty military personnel based outside of the continental U.S.--instead of also including spouses and other employees.
While Virginia leaders would like to call the Commonwealth the most veteran-friendly state, they’re acknowledging a major problem with the number of overseas, active-duty sailors, soldiers, Marines, and airmen who actually participate in local and national elections. And with thousands of Virginians deployed elsewhere, their absence at the polls could make a difference in election outcomes. State officials have analyzed why members of the military are not voting … and are launching an initiative to address those problems.