Voter suppression in Virginia? Has your registration been cancelled??


    Everyone needs to read this diary on Daily Kos.…

    Here are the opening paragraphs:

    Wednesday I got a “Voter Registration Cancellation Notice” from the county registrar:

    “This office has determined that you are no longer entitled to be registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia because you have moved to another state.” Which was news to me.

    So I called the county Registrar. Explained that I was still here, and asked why they thought I’d moved. She explains that Virginia has been cross matching voter lists with other states, and found that I was registered in SC. In 2009. Apparently that was the latest list they could get from SC, so they went with it. (I moved to VA in 2012.)

    I explain this, and she agrees to send me another form so that I can re-register. Then she says that the State Government in Richmond generated a list of 350,000 voters supposedly registered in other states (at some time or another), and that they broke this list down by counties and sent them out to the county Registrars with instructions to remove anyone on the list. Those voters will have to call in and plead to be re-registered – if they can convince the Registrar to do so.

    Has anyone else encountered this situation?

    As best I can tell there has been NO publicity about this and I’m concerned that people receiving these notices will not know what to do.


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