From the Associated Press (posted at WashingtonExaminer.com):
The state Senate has again passed legislation to allow no-excuse, in-person absentee voting in Virginia.
Monday’s vote on Sen. Janet Howell’s bill was 29-10. The Democrat-controlled Senate has passed similar legislation the last two years, only to see it thwarted by the Republican majority in the House of Delegates.
Howell’s bill would allow Virginia voters to cast absentee ballots in person without saying why they can’t vote on Election Day. Voters now must choose from a list of 17 excuses, such as being out of town or taking care of an ill family member.
Howell, a Fairfax Democrat, said many of the more than 300,000 Virginians who voted absentee in person in 2008 probably did not meet any of the criteria, but had to state otherwise.