Senate Democrats critical of GOP efforts to limit voting access

lawThree bills designed to limit Virginians’ ability to participate in fair, transparent elections passed the Virginia Senate on Monday.

Senator Amanda Chase’s (R-Cheterfield) SB 872 requires any voter submitting an application for an absentee, mail-in ballot to submit a copy of his or her photo ID. Senator Mark Obenshain’s (R-Rockingham) SB 1105 empowers local electoral boards to “investigate” and produce a report whenever the number of registered voters in the locality exceeds the voting age population even though, from all indications, this seems to be a solution in search of a problem . Senator Dick Black’s (R-Loudoun) SB 1455 penalizes third party and non-partisan groups that work to register voters.

Said Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), “The stated purpose for requiring photo ID at polling places is to verify the voter’s identity. So how do election officials compare the photocopies to for mail-in ballots? This is a pointless exercise in the absence of anything to compare the photocopies to.”

Said Senator Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), Logistically, not everyone has access to a scanner. This is an unnecessary barrier to participation – including for our active duty military serving abroad. I don’t know how a soldier sitting in a fox hole is supposed to copy his driver’s license.”

Said Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), “I am disappointed that my colleagues would point to inaccurate information regarding my district to justify their unnecessary legislation limiting access to the ballot box. According to the Arlington County Registrar, even if you take the broadest definitions possible, there are thousands more voting-age residents than there are registered voters in Arlington.”

Said Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), “Each of these bills amount to nothing less than flagrant voter suppression.”

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.




augusta free press
augusta free press
augusta free press news