The Virginia Senate has approved legislation that would make it easier for voters to cast absentee ballots.
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax), would allow absentee voting for any reason.
Currently those who want to cast an absentee ballot can only do so if they are going to be out of town, taking care of an ill family member or meet one of the more than a dozen other criteria.
Another proposal would allow anyone 65 or older to vote absentee for any reason.
Both measures have passed the Virginia Senate before, only to die in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.
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