I Voted By Mail Sticker On Protective Face Mask For Absentee Ballot Or Mail-in Voting In The Preside

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is asking Gov. Ralph Northam to waive the witness signature requirement for absentee ballots cast by mail in this fall’s election.

The board voted 9-1 for the proposal by Chair Jeffrey McKay to send a letter to Northam, with Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity, the board’s only Republican, casting the only vote against the motion. 

McKay said that waiving the witness signature requirement – as was done during the 2020 election – is necessary due to the continued threat of COVID-19. He said several Fairfax residents had shared concerns with him about obtaining witness signatures – arguing they could be exposed to COVID-19 in the process. 

“No one should have their ballot rejected because they're unwilling to risk their health and safety to vote,” McKay said during the meeting. “We want to be a county that promotes voter participation and doesn't punish people.”

Herrity said that waiving the requirement would be a “blow to election integrity.” 

“Witness signatures are important as they provide another line of defense against voter fraud,” he added. “They've been deemed important enough by the General Assembly that they were reestablished outside the state of emergency.”

He also argued that waiving the requirement now would be “problematic” because early voting began in mid-September and many absentee ballots have already been mailed. 

“To do this in the middle of an election process in the name of COVID I think is nonsensical,” he said. 

McKay, however, said there is no election integrity problem. 

“Last year we expanded voting opportunities in the midst of the pandemic, as I stated before this county is still in a state of emergency, and we should be doing everything we can to make it as easy as possible for our residents to vote, regardless what of what other elected officials falsely say about elections in Virginia,” McKay said. 

Virginia’s state of emergency expired at the end of June, but Fairfax County’s state of emergency remains in effect. 

(12) comments

Robert Thomas

Lets destroy security controls. Lets not apply a defense in depth approach to ensure confidentiality & integrity and that give confidence & assurance in voting is secure. Lets not apply multi-factor authentication to on-line banking or secure connections.

SoS of VA better have all the records intact to include all systems data & media...she'll go be heading to jail eventually if she doesn't.

Kermit Robat

Again, I ask the question to those adults still about catching covid, what will it take before you no longer worry about catching covid?

And let's be clear, the democrat leaning country of Fairfax is not asking for this waiver out of covid concerns but rather to limit the number of absentee and mail-in ballots that are discarded due to a failure to comply with well-recognized rules for submitting those ballots.

Kermit Robat

*to those adults still worried about catching covid

Harry Morant

Come on, be fair, how do you expect the DemonRats to CHEAT AGAIN successfully if they have to not only fake the ballot and the voter, but the WITNESS TOO?? Geez, You Republicans like nothing more that suppressing Illegal Voting!! How Dare You!

Larry Lyons

You forget something Harry, the only cases of voter fraud from 2020 were committed by Republicans. But nice try at the Big Lie.

Mike Pierce

Are you kidding me? If you scared of COVID, then wear a mask. Cause the govt tells us that masks work. This is nothing more than a blatant attempt to cheat for this election.

Larry Lyons

Mask limit the transmission from you to me. Most virons are carried by droplets expelled when you breathe, cough or sneeze. While a mask may not stop you from inhaling a virus, every virus trapped in a mask is one less that can infect others.

Vic Bako

Come on Man. Covid has nothing to do with this. It’s the democrats trying to control/influence the elections. Besides, needing a witness will make it harder for dead people to vote.

Larry Lyons

Again where is the evidence? Or do you Republicans just like spreading the Mango Mussolini's Big Lie. Why do your sort want to destroy our democratic republican system?

Kermit Robat

@Larry

Speaking of destroying our system, please tell me more about the bogus Russian collusion narrative that the Clinton campaign fed to the FBI via the Steele dossier.

Duke Nukem

Wow these people must really live sad lives right now if they can't even meet this requirement due to fear when we have double vaxxing and triple vaxxing, masks and social distancing plastic shields everywhere. Do they go shopping in full PPE? Do they require their food delivery drivers to wear full PPE? This is all a joke. Covid the gift that keeps giving. It is clear that with the bad poll numbers for Fuhrer Biden the democrats are scrambling, you wonder why this is coming up now after we already started voting. How can you defend earlier and earlier voting and then change the rules for some voters? You think that will build confidence in the results?

Larry Lyons

Another attempt at spreading the Mango Mussolini's Big Lie.

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