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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.”

  • VoterMatt

    Typical liberal bias reporter. SB1455 simply says you pay people money to register to vote. It doesn’t hinder anyone from voting. Democrats want to make it easier to commit voter fraud.

  • VoterMatt

    Typical liberal reporter. Even the title is bias. SB1455 just says you can’t pay people to register to vote. If you’re giving out cash so people will register, it’s corrupt. Stopping voter fraud isn’t “limiting access.” Go back to journalism school and learn how to write a fair article worth reading!

    • Typical conservative blowhard. The bill referenced is a solution looking for a problem.

      From the fiscal impact statement:

      According to the Circuit Court Case Management System (CMS) for fiscal year (FY) 2011 through FY2016, there were no felony convictions under § 24.2-1002, § 24.2-1002.01, or § 24.2-1004(C) during the six-year period.

      Based on General District Court CMS data for FY2011 to FY2016, one offender appears to have been convicted of a misdemeanor voter registration offense; however, it is unclear which specific provision was violated.

      Go find another windmill to tilt at.

    • SDSUProf

      Paying people to register to vote is a non-existent problem (just like voter impersonation fraud). The sole purpose of this, and vote ID laws, is to discourage citizens from getting help registering, and from voting.