Blatant Voter Suppression Bill Proposed by Albo

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    People have been focusing on possible voter suppression if HB 9, which will require that potential voters produce identification in order to be allowed to vote a regular ballot, were to become law. However, there is a far worse bill than Mark Cole’s HB 9. HB 895 has been introduced by Dave Albo (R-Springfield) and co-sponsored by Tim Hugo (R-Centreville). That bill would require all persons registering to vote to prove they are citizens of the United States, prove they live in the precinct they will vote in, and produce a current, government-issued photo identification.

    I can’t see how that bill – should it become law – would ever pass scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Justice, but that didn’t stop Albo from introducing it. It even tries to backhandedly overturn the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, better known as the “motor voter bill,” by requiring that anyone registering at the DMV or other state agency bring all that identification with them.

    Mark Cole, Tim Hugo and Dave Albo have one thing in common besides being right wing Republicans. They are all participating legislators in ALEC, the far-right corporate bunch that writes model right-wing laws for state legislators to introduce. Albo is on ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force. Hugo is on two ALEC task forces. Mark Cole is on the ALEC Education Task Force.

    HB 895 and HB 9 both follow ALEC’s model bill that is intended to suppress voter turnout in the guise of protecting against imaginary voter fraud.

    That’s how far we have gotten from the representative democracy outlined in the U.S. Constitution, folks. Global corporate entities now have the power through ALEC to assure that conservative changes to state law have a good chance to take away your rights, including the right to have your vote counted.

    According to the Washington Post, the law passed last year by the General Assembly that is the basis of Ken Cuccinelli’s assault on the Affordable Care Act was also the brainchild of ALEC.

    We’ve already seen the damage done by the Supreme Court rewrite of election spending controls in its Citizens United decision giving corporations and the uber-wealthy the ability to buy elections. Now, through ALEC and complicit state legislators, we are seeing blatant attempts to disenfranchise more and more ordinary citizens.

    As Warren Buffet said recently, if there is class warfare going on, it’s his side that has the nuclear weapons. You and I don’t even have rifles.

    • totallynext

      His hod seat is square in the Southey part of fairfax

    • Progressive86

      Elaine,

      What else do you know about ALEC? Do you think it would be worthwhile to write a blog post about this organization? It’s another shadowy Koch-brothers venture that I’m not too familiar with. I’d bet I’m not alone on this front.  

    • richmonder

      I believe WaPo has had stories on ALEC as well, at least some of their columnists. They are a well known group, though they try to keep a low profile.  

    • glennbear

      Thank you one and all for posting links, I have been aware of ALEC and these sites for some time now. Their greatest enemy is an informed electorate so the more we get word out the better for America and Virginia.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      Another link for state specific information about ALEC and its grip on Virginia Republican legislators is Progress VA:

      For example, the Virginia “Leadership Team” is:

      House of Delegates Speaker William (Bill) Howell

      Senator Stephen Martin

      Del. John Cosgrove Jr.

      Governor Bob McDonnell

      Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

      The ProgressVA site also lists legislation introduced to further ALEC goals.

    • Teddy Goodson

      government ID’s? Is the only one a driver’s license…. or, perhaps, military ID? I expect this legislation will pass and be signed by our Republican Governor, so what exactly will it entail?

      Of course it will shrink enfranchisement, that is its purpose. If successful, I would not be surprised to find that somehow the next move to shrink the elctorate will be some form of property or income or wealth requirement, or, say, the owning of real estate, with the excuse that voting should be limited to those with “a stake” in the community, who are “productive members” of society. Then, after that, why not get rid of women voters, unless they are married? Onward!