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Virginia Senate Elections Committee Kills GOP Electoral Vote Rigging Scheme

by: lowkell

Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 18:05:10 PM EST

Good news, but just remember, the only way to make sure this doesn't come back next year and thereafter is to make sure we win elections, first and foremost the one for governor of Virginia this year.
DPVA Chair, Del. Herring Commends Senate P&E Rejection of Electoral College Changes

RICHMOND -- Just moments ago the Senate Privileges & Elections Committee voted to kill legislation aimed at dividing Electoral Votes by congressional district.

"I commend the members of Senate Privileges & Elections Committee that voted to reject a bill to allot Virginia's Electoral Votes by congressional district," said Delegate Charniele Herring. "We deserve fair representation across the Commonwealth not legislation aimed at dividing Virginians.

"Republicans in the legislature should focus on creating jobs and fixing the transportation problem plaguing Virginia instead of trying to rig elections in their favor."

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From the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus. Great, huh?
Senate Republicans Block Efforts to Increase Access to Voting - Then Make It Harder to Vote

RICHMOND, VA - Senate Republicans voted today to make it harder for Virginians to vote, continuing to push their overreaching agenda on the Commonwealth. On a party-line vote, the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted to pass SB 719, which eliminates several forms of identification currently accepted at voting locations.

Senator Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax) said, "In three weeks, Republicans have repeatedly rejected opportunities to make it easier to vote; instead, they've passed bills making it harder to vote. Senate Republicans have defeated bills that would have extended early voting and allowed people to vote absentee without a specific excuse. Today, they passed legislation banning forms of voter identification that the legislature itself approved last year. Republicans need to end this war on the voters who elected them."

Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) said, "Senate Republicans took Virginia backwards today. Just last year, my Republican colleagues voted to require unnecessary, extra identification before letting people vote. Now, the Committee has voted for even more restrictive and onerous requirements by forbidding people from using some common forms of identification. Thousands of voters - likely those who are elderly, or poor, or young - could be disenfranchised because of these unnecessary and superfluous limitations."

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Voting Rights Advocates Condemn Senate Committee Passage of New Voting Restrictions (0.00 / 0)
From ProgressVA:
Voting Rights Advocates Condemn Senate Committee Passage of New Voting Restrictions

Richmond, VA - The Virginia Senate Privileges and Elections Committee this evening approved SB719, new voting restrictions that could make it harder for hundreds of thousands of Virginians to cast a ballot. Voting rights advocates sharply condemned the proposals.

"The integrity of our elections is paramount, but the real threat to democracy are politicians who are trying to change the rules to make it harder for hundreds of thousands of Virginians to vote," said ProgressVA Executive Director Anna Scholl. "Our elections should be free, fair, and accessible. Mandating eligible voters show a specific kind of ID, which these politicians know many voters don't have, reduces access to democracy."

Virginia Organizing Chairperson Sandra Cook also spoke out on the restrictive new legislation. "Voting is a sacred right in our democracy. Requiring a specific ID creates a barrier to access to the polls and it is unfathomable why our legislators would choose to support efforts to decrease civic participation.

Any new Virginia voter ID requirement would likely be subject to pre-clearance by the federal Department of Justice under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Contrary to insinuations in the hearing by Committee Chairman Mark Obenshain and Senator Tom Garrett that no voter education would be necessary on new restrictions, the Commonwealth would be required to submit such a plan to DOJ. In 2012, the State Board of Elections spent close to $2 million dollars educating Virginians about the new voter ID law. Additionally, the state would be required to provide identification free of charge to any citizen without appropriate photo ID under the new restrictions.

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