Seriously, good luck with that:
Nutter seeks electoral reformI wholeheartedly support both efforts.
Roanoke Times editorial
Sloppy mistakes and poor official decision-making have plagued recent Montgomery County elections. Del. David Nutter, whose district includes half of the county, took notice and introduced two bills to increase electoral accountability. One is a no-brainer; the other at least should spark an overdue discussion about the power of the State Electoral Board.
We will spare you the full litany of troubles in Montgomery County. They have ranged from late ballots to improperly approved petitions to poll book failures. Things have gotten so bad that the county League of Women Voters went public with concerns about Registrar Randy Wertz's and the local electoral board's ability to successfully run an election in the fall.
Nutter's bills tackle the troubles head-on. The first, HB 2251, would make it clear that when an electronic poll book fails and voters cannot be verified, they must cast provisional ballots. In November, Montgomery County allowed voters to cast ordinary ballots when poll books failed in some precincts. If any of them had been illegal, there would have been no way to recall the votes.
This sort of provision should be simple common sense, but common sense sometimes fails, as it did with Wertz and the electoral board. They later conceded they had erred. The General Assembly should pass this bill without much debate.
Nutter's other election bill is thornier. HB 2249 would allow the state electoral board to fine registrars up to $1,000 when they make mistakes that affect elections. [link]
"Sloppy" is the first word read in this editorial. Sloppy is what we don't need any more of from our government(s). Let's hold our employees accountable. And demand that they perform up to the tasks assigned. Or face the consequences.
You go, Dave.