A key debate in the looming 2021 legislative session will be what to do with no-excuse absentee voting.  Thanks to COVID-19 it was at an all time high, and many Republicans have pointed to it as a key weak point for elections security as they press the issue of elections fraud in the 2020 presidential race.  One key figure at the Capitol though, House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), appeared to pour cold water on the idea Thursday.  “Somebody’s got to make a real strong case to convince me otherwise,” he said on the notion of eliminating no-excuse absentee balloting.  So that push appears to be SINKING, though he did continue to put pressure on the Secretary of State’s office, saying he might favor restricting or eliminating its power over elections – the odds of that fight heating up later this month are RISING…

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