No-Excuse Absentee Voting Makes Our Democracy Stronger

Tuesdays, amiright? Alarms, commute, school drop off, school pick up, dinner, bath time, bedtime. And it’s not even the middle of the week. Add to that list getting out of the house or leaving work a little early to get to your polling location to vote? Look, voting is IMPORTANT and our civic duty and all that, but it’s not super convenient. 

What would be super convenient is the ability to vote early without having a specific excuse, like pregnancy or working in a different locality for long hours on Election Day. If our democracy works best when everyone participates, then maybe we should make it a little easier to participate?

We agree. That’s why we’re working this year to pass HB1 and SB111, bills that would change the law so that anyone can vote absentee for any reason, up to 45 days before the election. 

Have to be out of town for work on Election Day? Vote absentee! Have a busy day of work and kids’ after-school activities? Vote absentee! Concerned traffic on your commute will prevent you from getting to your polling location before it closes at 7pm? Vote absentee! Just feel like getting it done early because you’re a planner who is on top of your game? VOTE ABSENTEE! 

It’s not anyone’s business why you want to vote early. What matters is that you vote. So, we could really use your help to contact your legislators now to ask them to support SB111, establishing no-excuse absentee voting in Virginia. Our democracy works best when every voice is heard. So use yours now so we can all use ours later!