Virginia Amendment 1 (1998)

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Virginia Amendment 1, also known as the Overseas Voters Act, was on the 1998 election ballot in Virginia. It passed, with 73.2% of voters in favor.

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The language that appeared on the ballot:

To vote in Virginia, a voter must be a U.S. citizen, at least eighteen years old, registered to vote in Virginia, and a resident of Virginia and the precinct where he or she votes. This amendment concerns the residence requirement and how it applies to voters who leave Virginia to work overseas. Virginia residents who leave Virginia may continue to vote in Virginia in a number of cases. For example, federal law provides that citizens who reside outside the U.S. may continue to vote in federal elections. They may vote at their last residence in the U.S. Federal and Virginia law also allow military personnel and others who are absent from Virginia on active duty to continue to vote in Virginia in all elections. This amendment gives the General Assembly more flexibility to provide by law how and when overseas employees and their families may continue to vote in Virginia in state and local elections and in situations not covered by federal law. Family includes the spouse and dependents residing with the overseas employee.

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