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Virginia Primary Day 2018: Open Thread

Today is primary election day in Virginia (polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm; vote at your regular polling location). There are...

Corey Stewart’s Attacks on Kaine Family “Cheap and Cowardly” Says Sixth...

By Josh Stanfield, Campaign Manager, Jennifer Lewis for Congress Last weekend Virginia's Sixth District Republicans chose their congressional nominee, Delegate Ben Cline, at their convention....

LIVE: Tweets, Photos, Video, etc. From VA-06 GOP Convention Freak Show...

Thanks to Jennifer Lewis (D) for Congress campaign manager Josh Stanfield and others (e.g., Amy Friedenberger of the Roanoke Times, Ellie Potter of the Daily...

VA-06 Republican Candidate Goes Full-Out, Rabid, Anti-Immigrant, Trump-Style Demagogue and “xenophobic...

VA-06 Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Ben Cline has always been "severely conservative," to quote our old friend Willard "Mitt" Romney,...

Video: Senators McClellan, Surovell Rip “Sanctuary Cities” Bill — “sends a...

Watch, below, as Virginia State Senators Jennifer McClellan and Scott Surovell rip into Del. Ben Cline (R)'s pointless, punitive, nasty, demagogic "Sanctuary Cities" bill....

Video: Del. Ben Cline (R) Apparently Didn’t Appreciate Del. Terry Kilgore...

Anyone with half a brain - or a heart that isn't made of ice - knows that Virginia should have expanded Medicaid years ago....

Video: Virginia House Republicans Vote to Continue Allowing Guns in the...

How terrified are Virginia House of Delegates Republicans of EVER breaking with the gun lobby on ANYTHING? Check out the following exchange and vote,...

VA-06 GOP Candidate Shows His True, Extreme, Crazy Colors

Really, the following two Facebook posts are all you need to know about Republican VA-06 candidate Ben Cline. I mean, seriously, who in their...

VA GOP Delegate Submits Legislation to Make Anniversary of Roe v...

Apparently, this is not a joke. Or maybe it's just a really bad joke. Or maybe it's right-wing extremists, following the election of Trump/Pence,...

ALEC Ties to Virginia Voter ID Law

The voter ID laws passed in Virginia and other states this year and designed to limit the right of citizens to vote, especially groups that traditionally vote Democratic, have a common origin, the now-notorious American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC. A task force of ALEC, the Public Safety and Elections Task Force, promoted a model law to limit voting through ID requirements. In Virginia, quite a few Republican legislators are a part of ALEC, including the ones who introduced the legislation.

Republicans Dave Albo, Beverly Sherwood, and Ben Cline were all members of the Public Safety and Elections Task Force. However, the legislation that ultimately passed and was signed by Bob McDonnell (who also has ties to ALEC) was introduced in the General Assembly by two other members of ALEC, Del. Mark Cole of Fredericksburg (Education Task Force) and Sen, Steve Martin of Chesterfield (Health and Human Services Task Force, which Martin chairs).

Several groups have begun working to insure the right to vote for some groups of Americans, especially minorities, the elderly, and young adults. One such group, VoteRiders, a non-partisan and non-profit organization, has launched a nationwide program, "Take a Friend to the DMV," to help citizens get their voter IDs. The NAACP has also pledged to have a robust program to insure people's right to vote. Programs are needed most in state like Texas and Pennsylvania, where citizens can only vote if they have a government-issued photo ID, a document that requires a person to also present a birth certificate.

There's no question as to the motive behind the Pennsylvania law. The state Republican majority leader told a meeting of the Republican State Committee: "Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."

In Virginia the law is far less draconian.