Virginia was once ranked the second-hardest state in the U.S. to vote in, beating out only Mississippi. But a slate of bills passed this week aims to make voting in the commonwealth easier, making permanent some of the changes adopted for last November’s election.
Both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate approved legislation that creates drop boxes for collecting absentee ballots; makes it easier for someone to get on the list of permanent absentee voters; pays the postage for mail-in ballots, and allows voters to correct errors on absentee ballots.
Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg, D-Henrico, reflected on how far the state has come in voter accessibility and voter rights.
“With the actions we’re taking now with this bill and with other bills, you’re going to see us continue to be a beacon for voter accessibility, to continue to be a national leader in election law,” VanValkenburg said during debate Monday.