Democrats in Virginia are pressing Governor Ralph Northam to use the Kovid-19 epidemic to waive the need for witness signatures of mail-absent ballots before the governorship election.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted 9-1, voted only against Republicans, sent a letter to Northam, asking for the repeal of the witness signature requirement as they did in the 2020 election, InsideNoVa.com Reported.
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The letter was proposed by the Board of Supervisors President McKay reportedly said at Thursday’s meeting that some Fairfax residents were afraid of catching Kovid-19 if they needed to get witness signatures to vote.
“In the 2020 election cycle, Virginia has made historic progress in expanding voting opportunities by protecting the health and safety of our residents and the integrity of our electoral process,” Mackay said Statement On Tuesday, “this progress must be extended to the signing requirement. No one should turn down their ballot because they do not want to jeopardize their health and safety. At Fairfax, we want to break voting barriers, not create new ones.”
Springfield District Supervisor Pat Heritage, who voted against the Republican proposal, said it was “a blow to electoral integrity,” InsideNoVa.com reported.
Although Fairfax County has not yet cleared its state of emergency, the state of Virginia closed in June and witness signatures were required to vote again by mail.
Heritage said it was “absurd” to give up the need now after a vote that began nearly three weeks before the November 2 election, reports InsideNoVa.com.
“Signatures of witnesses are important as they provide another line of defense against voter fraud,” he said. “They have been deemed important enough by the General Assembly. They have been reinstated outside the state of emergency.”
Former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are in fierce competition to become the next governor of Virginia. Real Clear Politics Average McAuliffe leads Youngkin by 4.3 percentage points.
Northam, a democrat, is unable to seek reelection because of term limits.