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Virginia Bill, Curtailing Counting of Write-in Votes, Advances

On January 15, a Subcommittee of the Virginia House Elections & Privileges Committee passed HB 105 unanimously. Current law says that write-ins in general elections should not be counted unless it appears that a write-in candidate might have received 5% or more of the vote. The bill changes that, so that write-ins would only be counted if it appears that a write-in candidate might have won the election.

Virginia does count all presidential write-ins for declared write-in presidential candidates, and HB 105 does not appear to affect presidential write-ins.

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