Virginia’s General Assembly – especially the Republican-controlled House of Delegates – has been slow to embrace the idea of electronic voting. But it appears a small window may be opening up for one class of citizens to vote by email: military service members who are deployed overseas. Under current law, they must follow the same procedure as anyone else who is absent on Election Day: Obtain an absentee ballot, fill it out and send it in by snail mail. That can be difficult, if not impossible, for service members in active combat zones.
…Legislation (HB759) from Del. Tom Rust, R-Fairfax County, would potentially set up a system of email voting for overseas military members in time for the 2016 presidential election. Rust told a House committee Friday that 30 other states have put such systems in place.
Members of the panel peppered him with questions and concerns about email voting. “We’ve never allowed it before,” Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, said. “This is new territory to embark on.”
Most of the concerns centered on making sure emailed ballots would be secured against hacking.