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  •  Seems a lot of unsound assumptions about VA in (1+ / 0-)
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    One, the polls may have been fairly accurate. A lesson too many on our side haven't learned is that old saws that "Decisions are made by those who show up" and "The only poll that counts is the election" which are reality. I personally know of people, all of which I tried to dissuade, that mentioned they could stay home or cast a protest vote for the third candidate because it was predicted to be a McAuliffe runaway. It is damned easy to "vote" in a poll on line, by phone, however when you don't have to fight NOVA traffic to get to a polling place to do the real thing.

    Until our side learns the hard lessons of those two old statements we are going to continue to lose or have queasy election nights. Some say the polls and reporting caused the problem, but no, it is up to the voter to play in the real game, not the "fantasy election" of polls.

    Second there is a less publicized but very real type of voter suppression all over NOVA. From another comment I made this morning with some added emphasis:

    I have family members in which 6 a.m.—7 p.m. is pretty much the usual work day in the car stuck in traffic and in an office. The working adults in my neighborhood leave us old retired farts pretty much alone during those hours. That, combined with "absentee" voting, not just plain early voting, in which an "excuse" affidavit and another "commute" is required, is effectively downstate voter suppression in NOVA. We need to begin addressing that as soon as we can get enough hands on levers to push through a constitutional amendment or difficult to overturn law making early voting and absentee ballots available without special "excuses" other than what amounts to 80 hour work weeks.
    If I recall correctly, years ago NOVA legislators tried to make some adjustments to make it even feasible for some "road warriors" with these grinds to vote. Downstate people said 6 a.m.—7 p.m.  was plenty of time and it went no where. Well, aside from red/blue, downstate has plenty of reason to not enable more dominance of NOVA in decisions (being perfectly happy to siphon off $$$$) and no incentive to make needed changes.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 08:45:04 AM PST

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      I'm new to VA (and have lived in states with all vote by mail, OR & WA, which I love for all of the above reasons), so I don't know how things could change in this state.

      How can we get the state to:

      1) change the closing hours from 7 until 8?
      2) change to "no excuse" absentee voting?

      Since there is no Secretary of State's office in VA, who is in charge of making election laws?

      •  As in all states, the legislature and governor (1+ / 0-)
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        must change the law. Voting hours, unless provided for in state law, are not subject to SoS anywhere. Virginia also has a less than friendly means of getting the best way, a constitutional amendment, requiring expanded voting hours, through. It takes a complicated legislative/governor thing over two legislative sessions even to get it presented to voters where NOVA could chime in with that popular vote clout.

        I would settle for just a law change, followed by a CA, but with the legislative advantage so heavily in downstate hands, red or blue, it is not going to happen soon  or easily. There is huge fear there of absolute political dominance by NOVA and Tidewater, though they have no hesitation to meddle in our affairs all the time. Made sure Fairfax ordinaces banning firearms from county recreation areas were nullified as just one example. One time attempts at a "tree ordinance" to help preserve green cover here in NOVA were met by downstate types with  "plenty of trees in Virginia"!

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 09:19:21 AM PST

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