Well, no I feel kinda bad for being so hard on Virginia. Because, compared to Maryland, VA looks like the patron saint of timely updates to its forms!
WTH, MD?! You have a year-specific absentee ballot application. That means, every year, you *cough* *cough* totally unnecessarily *cough*…ahem, publish a new absentee ballot application. So don’t go changing that already yearly-changed form in the middle of an election!
We’ve had the 2012 general/primary election ballot application on our site ever since it was made available by Maryland. But today I get an email from the secretary of state’s office telling us that we have an outdated version of the form and should replace it immediately, which I did. Immediately. (There is nothing worse than providing an outdated version of a form.) But, lo, the new version was revised…when? Oh right. 9/2012. As in, this month. What.
Considering there is no “no earlier than” warning on submitting an absentee application, it’s safe to assume that some on-top-of-it voters submitted their applications beforeSeptember of this year…soooo…you gonna process those forms, MD? You betta!