Virginia Conservatives Pass New Voting Restrictions, Continue Attacks On Voters

Virginia Conservatives Pass New Voting Restrictions, Continue Attacks On Voters

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From Progress Virginia: 

3 new voter ID laws in 3 years only makes it harder for Virginians to vote

Richmond, VA – The Virginia General Assembly this morning passed new voting restrictions that will make it harder for Virginians to cast a ballot. SB719, passed by the State Senate, and HB1337, passed by the House of Delegates, would eliminate several currently valid forms of voter ID. Together with SB1256, which will face a Senate vote later this afternoon, the newly advanced legislation could subject Virginians to three new voter ID requirements in three years. Constantly changing rules, along with conservative assertions that no voter education on the new requirements is necessary, would ensure confusion at polling places.

"If Virginians needed any more examples of conservatives' disregard for voters, it's the passage of these new restrictions," said Anna Scholl, Executive Director of ProgressVA. "Not only are these new voting restrictions the latest in the line at attempts to change the election rules in their favor, but three new voter ID requirements in three years ensures few voters will be confident they have the necessary ID to cast a ballot."

Both SB719 now contains a so-called "contingency clause" which would condition implementation of the legislation on an appropriation from the General Assembly. Conservatives this session have repeated refused to consider the cost of educating voters on new ID requirements. Delegate Mark Cole, sponsor of HB1337, called such efforts a waste of taxpayer dollars when the legislation was heard in committee. Both bills are now likely headed to conference committee to iron out the discrepencies.  

  • demomatic

    In a bizarre move, citizens can no longer use their Social Security Card as valid ID in Virginia- Most underreported part of this bill-

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    Senate Republicans Make It Harder to Vote,

    Passing Onerous Voter ID and Photo ID Bills

    RICHMOND, VA – Today, Senate Republicans continued their drive to force a radical and overreaching agenda on Virginia’s voters. In a party line-vote, Republicans passed SB 719 and SB 1256, which limit the forms of identification voters can use at the polls. The vote was 20 to 20, with the Lt. Governor breaking the tie and voting for both bills.

    Speaking on SB 1256, Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) said, “Last year Republicans went to great pains to change voter ID laws. The Commonwealth spent a lot of money to tell the voters that we changed the laws. Last year, when a similar law passed, the other side of the aisle said, ‘This is the fix. This will solve the problem.’ Now, here we are again.”

    “Yet, we still have no evidence of voter fraud.  I find it interesting to note that it’s only after the past two presidential elections that my colleagues have had such interest in this legislation. Some people just want to confound the electorate and change the rules for voting again. I think it’s because they didn’t like the last election returns,” Senator McEachin continued.

    Speaking on SB 719, Senator John S. Edwards (D-Roanoke) said, “This is the second year in a row we have made it harder to vote for no good reason. In-person fraud is about as rare as getting struck by lightning. All we’re doing is to make it harder for older people and the poor and people not keeping up with every change to the law to vote.”

  • totallynext

    then screwing over your follow citizens.