Virginia GOP Does What Republicans Do: Files Lawsuit to Prevent People from...

Virginia GOP Does What Republicans Do: Files Lawsuit to Prevent People from Voting

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Yep, Virginia Republicans do what they do best — file suit to take people’s votes away from them. Here’s part of the writ of mandamus:”To cancel all invalid registrations made since April 22.” A few adjectives spring to mind here: disgusting, unAmerican, racist…add your own in the comments section. And no, Gov. McAuliffe’s executive order was not unconstitutional, nor was it unusual in our country, given that most states automatically restore voting rights to ex-felons.

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    Governor McAuliffe Statement on Republican Lawsuit to Preserve Voter Disenfranchisement

    Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement after Republicans in the General Assembly filed a lawsuit to preserve Virginia’s policy of disenfranchising ex-felons who have served their time and completed supervised release:

    “Today Republicans filed a lawsuit to preserve a policy of disenfranchisement that has been used intentionally to suppress the voices of qualified voters, particularly African Americans, for more than a century. These individuals have served their time and are now living, raising families and paying taxes in our communities — this suit is an effort to continue to treat them as second-class citizens. This legal action would also take Virginia out of the overwhelming majority of states that restore the rights of people who have served their time and completed supervised release.

    “As Virginia’s foremost constitutional scholar has concluded, the Constitution of Virginia grants the Governor ample authority to restore the rights of people who have served their time, and does not place any limitation on that authority that would be relevant to the issue at stake in this lawsuit. This is simply the latest Republican attack on the voting rights of qualified Virginians who deserve a voice in their society, and we will oppose it vigorously.”

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    DPVA Statement on Supreme Court Redistricting Decision

    Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) Executive Director Becca Slutzky released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s redistricting decision:

    “This is a historic moment in the fight against unfair gerrymandering in the Commonwealth and the United States. This decision strengthens a fundamental pillar of democracy by amplifying the voices of Virginians through better representation in Congress. Democrats will always fight to end the injustice that racial gerrymandering inflicts upon voters, and we’re optimistic about what this decision means for the future of Virginia and the fight for greater representation across the country.”

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    DPVA Statement on Republicans’ Lawsuit Against Voting Rights

    Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) Executive Director Becca Slutzky released the following statement on Republicans’ lawsuit to preserve a law that disenfranchises voters:

    “Virginia Republicans want to block certain people from voting, it’s that simple. Virginia Republicans are clinging on to Civil War Era laws that were passed with the intent of preventing African Americans from voting, it’s that simple. Virginia Republicans won’t even consider trying to earn the votes of those who have served their time and re-entered their communities; they instead opt for yet another lawsuit.

    “Republicans paint themselves as the party of individual rights and the Constitution, but today they became the party of using the Constitution to restrict individual rights. The Governor and his April 22nd order put our Commonwealth on the right side of history, it is shameful that Republicans are seeking to drag us backward yet again.”

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    From the Virginia House Dem Caucus:

    Statements on the Republican Lawsuit over Voting Rights

    Richmond, VA – Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) and Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) issued the following statements regarding the Republican attempt to strip voting rights from over 200,000 Virginia citizens.

    “By attempting to strip away voting rights from hundreds of thousands of Virginians, Republicans are again showing their desire to make voting more difficult for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Virginians who have made mistakes, served their time and returned to their community should have the right to fully participate in their community.” – Del. David Toscano, Leader of the House Democratic Caucus

    “Virginia Republicans are once again working to put barriers in front of people who are legally allowed to vote. This lawsuit is merely an attempt to undo the restoration of rights to hundreds of thousands of Virginians who have had their civil rights restored by the Governor using his power under the Constitution. This looks like another partisan fight where Republicans are trying to thwart Governor McAuliffe from doing his job.” – Del. Charniele Herring, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus