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What’s At Stake Nov. 5th: Voting Rights

(With just 10 days left until the general election, now is the time to give everything you’ve got, to leave it all on the...

Reaching Out to Voters Where They Live – In Apartment and...

by Will Driscoll A “building ambassador” who lives in an apartment or condominium building can bring voter registration to their neighbors in the building and,...

High School Voter Registration Challenge Launched in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s 30 high schools are eligible to compete in a challenge to register high school seniors to vote—a challenge organized by the League...

Do you know any young people who would play this voter...

No one has better access to young adults, to persuade them to register to vote, than young adults themselves.  And high school students who...

11,305 Arlingtonians have registered to vote so far this year

Excellent work by Josh Katcher and volunteers, helping to register hundreds - or possibly even thousands - of new voters in Arlington! (note: see his...

How To Deal With the Voter Photo ID Requirement

Virginia Department of Elections photo 140709VADE_zps64613748.jpgI have warned that implementation of the new Virginia photo Voter ID requirement is mercurial. If it is not in black and white in the statute, then Mark Obenshain's position is that only he, as the sponsor, can interpret the law's intent. This promises further obfuscation and confusion through November.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) is twiddling its thumbs and whistling Dixie as it walks down a treacherous path to voter suppression. That is NOT the way to deal with this. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is certain at the Virginia Department of Elections (VADE), nee State Board of Elections. There will be an opportunity through a comment period on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall for the voter ID regulations beginning on or about the 14th of July. I don't see anything posted yet.

"The Code of Virginia requires that a voter shows a valid Virginia identification card. The state board, by regulation, now defines expired IDs - regardless of how much time has transpired since their expiration - as being expressly 'valid,' which, to my thinking, violates the plain meaning of the statute." - state Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)

This is the tip of the iceberg. The Registrars, as best I can tell, all have the equipment and software required to issue the new, otherwise useless, photo IDs. No voter, as far as I can tell, has obtained a new voter ID. The DPVA plan to facilitate obtaining IDs is completely dependent upon the rules remaining in stasis. That is pure folly. There are so many assumptions about implementation and no branch plans to compensate for failures of those assumptions. I have the solution, but first a bit of discussion.