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Residents speak out on voting laws

Gloucester’s colonial courthouse was full for Tuesday night’s meeting of the Gloucester Board of Supervisors, as residents came to voice their opinions regarding a petition on changing the county’s voting laws.

The petition focuses on eliminating early voting and removing all forms of electronic submission, going to hand counting of paper ballots. Supporters of the petition were seeking to have it become a resolution to be considered by the board.

During the meeting’s citizen comment period, 16 residents got up to express their opinions on the would-be resolution. Those supporting the petition, though fewer in number than their opposition, were vocal in getting their point across. Two of those in support were Dianne Jones and Susan Austin.

Jones read the suggested resolution to the board and followed up with a list of her concerns regarding the security of voting machines. She claimed that electronic voting machines are susceptible to tampering which can lead to voter fraud. ...

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