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Governor McAuliffe Announces Proposals to Strengthen Virginia Ethics Reforms and Expand Voter Access

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All good stuff, so I’m sure Republicans – aka, the party of corrupt government and voter suppression – won’t be for any of it. All the more reason for Democrats to turn out in droves this November and toss these bums out of the House of Delegates, while making sure that Democrats hold the three statewide offices.

~ Legislative package includes common sense campaign finance reform, repealing recently enacted voter-ID law, and expanding ballot access for all eligible Virginians ~

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today introduced a legislative package for the 2017 General Assembly session intended to build on the success his administration has achieved strengthening Virginia’s ethics reforms and expanding access at the polls. The package includes proposals that will ban the personal use of campaign funds by candidates, support the full repeal of Virginia’s unnecessary and restrictive photo voter-ID law, establish no-excuse in-person absentee voting and expand allowable absentee excuses to include child caregivers.

“Virginians have a right to expect a government that is as transparent, accountable and accessible to its citizens as possible,” said Governor McAuliffe, speaking at the announcement. “This year, I look forward to working with the General Assembly to build on our successes strengthening our ethics laws by banning the personal use of campaign funds. These donations should be used to inform the public, not to line the pockets of politicians.

“We should also work together to expand access to the ballot box by repealing our unnecessary and restrictive photo ID law and making it easier for Virginians to cast an absentee ballot. These reforms will make it easier for Virginians to have a say in their democracy and boost their confidence that politicians are working for the public good, not their own.”

“Loopholes and workarounds in our campaign finance laws are a disservice to the constituents we were elected to serve,” Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam said. “Virginians deserve to know that their representatives are held to the highest standards of ethics. I thank the Governor and the Integrity Commission for their work strengthening accountability through these commonsense reforms.”

“Anyone who has raised a child can attest to the fact that child care, paid for or not, is a full time job and that taking a child or multiple children to vote is not always possible for a parent or caregiver,” said First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, discussing her push to include caregivers of children as eligible for absentee status. “Adding these conditions to the allowable absentee voting excuses is a commonsense reform that will eliminate barriers to the ballot-box and ultimately strengthen our democracy.”

The details of the Governor’s plan to strengthen ethics reforms and expand voter access are below:

Ban personal use of campaign funds:

The Governor announced legislation that would ensure campaign contributions cannot be used by political candidates and elected officials for personal use. This common-sense reform was one of several recommended by the Governor’s Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government, and has been advanced in the General Assembly by Delegate Marcus Simon.

Support the full repeal of SB 1256, which placed a requirement for voters to show photo ID at the polls:

The Governor announced that he will support the full repeal of that law, so that we can go back to running free, open, and fair elections without making Virginians who want a voice in their own community jump through onerous hoops.

Establish no excuse in-person absentee voting:

The Governor announced legislation that permits any registered voter of the Commonwealth to vote absentee in-person beginning 21 days before an election until 5 p.m. on the Saturday before the election. The check-in procedures for in-person absentee voters will be identical to the procedures for voters on Election Day.

Expand the eligibility for Virginians to vote absentee:

The Governor announced legislation that will expand absentee excuses to people caring for children as well as caregivers that are not related to the person for whom they care. The legislation will also allow citizens who lack reliable transportation options to vote absentee, which will especially help elderly voters and voters in rural areas with no public transportation.

  • The VA GOP’s anti-Semitic “joke” of a Chair says:

    The race to the left in the Democrat primary is officially off and running.

    Never mind that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found unanimously that Virginia’s voter ID was constitutional and not discriminatory, and never mind the fact that Virginia just came through a Presidential election with the photo ID requirement in place with virtually no problems. Ignore the fact that 3 out of 4 Virginians support photo ID laws.

    No, today’s announcement was all about Ralph Northam’s need to appeal to the far-left fringe of the Democrat Party in the ongoing Democrat civil war. Now that former Congressman Tom Perriello is in the race, Northam must do his best to let his true liberal colors shine, and there’s no better way to do that than by decrying common-sense legislation like photo ID.

  • Yode

    McCauliffe is the antithesis to ethics…..

  • Russell Patton Davis – Journal

    Campaign contribution are given to candidates in campaign create a Va statutory trust. using those funds for non trust purposes is Va 18.2-111 “Embezzlement”.
    Also funds and other goods “received by virtue of office belong to the office not the office holder and are also a criminal violation of VA18.2-111 “Embezzlement” & federal “Extortion”.
    Also when an office holder entrusted to administer or create the law equivocates or dissembles the duly authorized law out of high fidelity existence that is also a felony violation of VA18.2-111 “Embezzlement” and statutory VA18.2-481(5) “Treason” of “Resisting the execution of the (duly authorized) laws under the (mere) color of its (the duly authorized laws) authority”. That includes EVERY situation where there are laws in conflict. VA§ 1-248. “Supremacy of federal and state law” establishes that. See http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title1/chapter2.1/section1-248/

    Should a federal officer in Virginia perpetrate such a crime the crime is required by law to be investigated by the grand jury of the crime’s jurisdiction so that every due criminal indictment comes to trial. The 10th Amendment has teeth in Virginia. But only if those Virginians entrusted with the laws faithful creation and administration would cease their customary daily & conclusively evidenced felonies of exempting themselves from Virginia’s law.
    Making the laws only applicable to peasants is customary felony in Virginia.

    Whether Democrat or Republican or what ever, EVERY officer of Virginia’s Government is at least accessory before the fact in these RICO crimes.
    The only feasible correction is founded upon the Virginia Governor’s broad grant of pardon upon the virtue of parole oath.