More people could have participated if there were no restrictions on who can vote absentee, said Patricia Brendel, the general registrar at the Manassas Park Voter Registration and Electoral Board Office.
"We had a women who wanted to vote because she
had five children that did not want to go to the polls, and we had to turn her
...Manassas Park's Brendel acknowledged that her office would be busier because of an influx of absentee votes if Parrish's bill is signed into law.
However, an increase in the workload for her
employees is worth the ability to grant all eligible voters an opportunity to participate in an election, she
When there is an election, some Manassas Park voters rush from work to cast their ballots, only to find that the polls have closed, Brendel
If there were no restrictions, commuters could opt to vote absentee instead, said Brendel
, whose office supports Parrish's bill.
"A lot of people have trouble getting to the polls in time due to traffic and commuting," she