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Virginia Agrees to Remove Misleading Student Questionnaire

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From the Fair Elections Legal Network

Virginia Agrees to Remove Misleading Student Questionnaire 

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Donald Palmer, Secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections (BOE), agreed to remove a misleading questionnaire from the Virginia BOE website that could discourage Virginia college students from exercising their right to vote in their college communities. Last week, the Fair Elections Legal Network sent a letter to the Virginia asking them to remove the questionnaire from their website on the page titled “Voter Info for College Students” and to include information that Virginia’s new voter ID law includes student IDs issued from Virginia higher education institutions.

The following quote can be attributed to Robert Brandon, president of the Fair Elections Legal Network:

“The Fair Elections Legal Network is pleased that the Virginia Board of Elections has agreed to remove the misleading ‘self-guided’ questionnaire from its website. The law is clear that no matter where a college student comes from, they can register and vote in Virginia if they so choose. Students need to have accurate information in order to vote this November.

We are also pleased that the Virginia BOE will soon send an email blast to Virginia higher education institutions with the new voter ID requirements and other important election information. Students often cite the lack of information as a reason why they do not vote. Providing clear and accurate information will help ensure students are able to go to the polls and have their vote counted this November. We look forward to working with the Virginia BOE in the future to ensure all Virginia students get the information they need to vote in Virginia.”

A copy of the letter from the Virginia Board of Elections: http://www.fairelectionsnetwork.com/webfm_send/208

The Fair Elections Legal Network’s letter to the Virginia Board of Elections: http://www.fairelectionsnetwork.com/webfm_send/207

  

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The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) is a national, nonpartisan advocacy organization whose mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies and improve overall election administration through administrative, legal, and legislative reform.