Category: Voting Rights

City of Alexandria Opens Additional Locations for Absentee Voting; Reminds Voters of COVID-19 Safety Practices

The City of Alexandria will open additional voting locations to facilitate in-person absentee voting for the November 3 general and special elections. Absentee voting will be available at the Charles Beatley Library (5005 Duke St.) from October 23 through October 31, except Sundays. Absentee voting will also be available at Minnie Howard School (3801 W. Braddock Rd.) and George Washington Middle School (1005 Mt. Vernon Ave.), on Saturdays, October 24 and 31, only.  All three locations will have ballot drop boxes available during voting hours, which vary according to the list below. 

All registered voters in Virginia are eligible to vote absentee. In Virginia, absentee voting refers to any ballot cast prior to Election Day, whether by mail, drop box, or in person. Voters are encouraged to become familiar with ballot questions and voting procedures in advance to reduce wait times at voting locations. Voters should consider all available options in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Detailed information about COVID-19 safety practices is listed below.

ABSENTEE VOTING IN PERSON

The deadline to cast an absentee ballot in person is Saturday, October 31, at 5 p.m. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in accordance with local and state requirements, each person at a voting location must wear a mask over their nose and mouth, and maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others. >Read More

Federal judge extends Virginia voter registration deadline

A federal judge on Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours after the state’s online voter registration system went down because of an accidentally severed cable.

The order by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney, Jr. in Richmond is an effort to make up for several hours of lost time on Tuesday, which had been the last day to register before the November general election.

The shutdown of the state’s website caused “a tremendous harm” to the people who want to register to vote, Gibney said. >Read More

MD bill would provide access to ballots for eligible voters behind bars

Jan 26, 2020 | Source

As the primary elections fast approach, a group in Maryland is working to get a bill passed that would help eligible voters behind bars cast their ballots.

Qiana Johnson, executive director of Suitland, Maryland-based Life After Release, was in jail during the last presidential election and said she could vote but did not have the access.

“I definitely would have engaged in that process and there are a lot of people who would engage in that process,” Johnson said.

Her non-profit is one of the organizations, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, that is working to improve access to ballots.

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