An assault on the right to vote is an assault on the Constitution
October 24, 2012
The Washington Post reports, "Three Virginia congressmen are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a probe of alleged voter registration fraud in Virginia and other states, just as the Virginia State Board of Elections said Tuesday that it was not pushing for a statewide investigation into the case of a Republican accused of discarding voter forms because local prosecutors haven't asked for help. Virginia Democrats have been calling for a wider investigation since the Rockingham County sheriff's office announced last week that it had arrested Colin Small, 23, of Phoenixville, Pa., on 13 counts of voter registration fraud."
Progressive Point: An assault on the right to vote is an assault on the Constitution. Instead of defending the Constitution, some Virginia Republicans are trying to dismantle our constitutional guarantee to have a voice in our democracy. If Republican politicians can't count on your vote, they want to keep you from being counted at all. They're rigging the vote so the system stays fixed in their favor.
We all agree that protecting the integrity of our elections is vitally important--that's why we already have strict laws and protections in place. Republicans accuse others of disrespecting the Constitution, but nothing is more disrespectful than trying to take away the fundamental freedom at the heart of it. We need a fair, thorough, and transparent investigation to determine the extent of this problem and ensure Virginians that every eligible voter can cast a ballot.
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