Sunday October 27, 2013, 10:55 am
As Virginia gears up to vote in its local elections in coming weeks, many citizens will find that they have lost their ability to cast a ballot. Roughly 40,000 voters have been purged from voter rolls based on the guesses of county registrars about who might potentially be an out of state resident and therefore unable to legally cast a vote. Because of the arbitrary method employed, the Democratic Party of Virginia has filed a lawsuit against the policy. State officials, including Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor, are defending the list they created, asserting that it is accurate. This is clearly an unreliable way to discern legal voters from unregistered ones.
After a brief review of the purge, one registrar noted that about ten percent of those declared ineligible actually are allowed to vote within the state of Virginia. That amounts to 4,000 registered voters that will not have a say in their own local elections. Deactivated voters do have a chance to get back on the list, as all 40,000 citizens are being notified of their being purged. However, those who show up to the polls without realizing it beforehand will likely end up seeing their votes hindered or rejected altogether. While conditional balloting will probably be available, they take longer than traditional voting and sometimes do not get included in vote totals.
This process has unnecessarily hampered voting in Virginia’s local election. Purging voters arbitrarily only restricts legal voters from participating in their civic duties.
Other states have moved beyond the voter purge, recognizing the flaws inherent within it. In this case, 4,000 voters will encounter some level of difficulty when going to vote in the state of Virginia. Sign the petition below to reprimand this practice and those who employ it.
Monday October 28, 2013, 8:36 am
People have given their lives for the right to vote and live in a free society. You know what you are doing is wrong , show that you really do love your country and the things that make us free---voting rights for all without these unfair and unnecessary restrictions. You should be ashamed to bring forth this legislation.
Monday October 28, 2013, 3:42 pm
Voter fraud is one of the most curious forms of Conservative moral panic as genuine cases of voter fraud are almost non-existent, it is almost always a dog whistle term for people of color voting. The Republican penchant for passing variety of arbitrary and rather pointless "voter ID" laws that are.rather bureaucratic for a party based on the principle of small government. suggest in a word, this is a gigantic pile of bullshit that is meant to undermine the Voting Rights Act. Still it does beg the question why they should use such tactics as disqualifying people due to crimes they may commit in the future, done by someone with a similar name or being in a group that would vote democrat anyway. Given the freak show they had last year may explain why they are desperate to stop various minorities from voting, still I suspect they may be going for women very soon.