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State legislators propose to smooth election bumps

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:27 PM EST
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ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - “I’ve got the utmost trust in the integrity of the process,” said Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-25th Dist. “I know, I believe that I know that the votes were counted properly in Virginia.”

But voting this past November was in an unusual time, with COVID adjustments to allow absentee and mail-in voting numbers to jump. And when those votes were counted, there was a late swing to President-elect Biden.

“That was because there was a significant difference between the people that voted on election day – 61 percent of the people that voted on election day voted for the current president, but 65 percent of the people that voted prior to the election voted for the president-elect,” Deeds explained.

“That is a serious problem, with all of those votes coming in at one time,” agreed Del. Ronnie Campbell, R-24th Dist.

To avoid that late change, Deeds has introduced a bill for all the precincts in the state to count their votes the same way. He’d also like to see some of the changes that made voting easier stay in effect.

“Both of those things, I think, help the process,” Deeds said. “You know, I believe when more people can participate, when more people can express their views in an election, we have a better result, a result that’s more trusted by the people.”

Campbell himself would like to see another change in voting by making the removal of dead voters from the rolls more efficient.

“It became a breakdown that the registrars were not getting this information,” Campbell said. “And it’s supposed to occur monthly.”

It’s a system he’d like to see tidied up, because he’s himself facing re-election this year.

“I want them to feel comfortable this coming November when they go vote that it’s a fair and legitimate process,” said Campbell.

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