Rigging the vote
May 21, 2012
The Virginian-Pilot reports, "Gov. Bob McDonnell has decided to let controversial legislation to tighten voter-identification policies become law.... Among those disappointed that McDonnell didn't veto the measures was Anna Scholl, executive director of the liberal advocacy group ProgressVA. Virginians' voting rights are 'caught between Bob McDonnell's allegiance to his right-wing allies and his vice-presidential aspirations," she said, adding that the voter-ID law and accompanying executive order "are an expensive fix to a nonexistent problem.'"
Progressive Point: Bob McDonnell and his conservative allies in Richmond are putting up new hurdles that make it more difficult for Virginians to vote. They want to make it harder for students, minorities, and seniors to cast a ballot--just because they don't share their views.
Voting is a fundamental American freedom, but with a stroke of his pen Governor McDonnell has single-handedly made it harder for Virginians to exercise that right. If they can't win your vote they'd rather not let you vote at all. We've never solved anything in this country with less democracy and we shouldn't start now.
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