They don't think they made it hard enough for us to vote last year
January 9, 2013
The Virginian-Pilot reports, "In the minds of some Republicans, the General Assembly didn't go far enough last year when it approved tougher voting identification laws. Accordingly, several GOP lawmakers -- Dels. Rob Bell and Mark Cole, and Sen. Mark Obenshain among them -- are offering new voting measures for consideration by their legislative colleagues... 'Our elections should be free, fair, and accessible,' added Katie O'Connor, staff attorney with the Advancement Project. 'Proposals like this that make it harder for Virginians to participate in our democracy undermine our constitutional protections and silence the voice of the people.'"
Progressive Point: Our elections should be free, fair, and accessible to all. But conservatives in Richmond have made it clear that they think they didn't throw up enough barriers last year to eligible Virginia voters. Instead of making it harder for Virginians to vote, our leaders should be focused on fixing the long lines so many voters encountered in November.
Now is the time to make sure every eligible voter can exercise his or her right to vote. New restrictions would limit valid voter IDs to only a few specific kinds that many voters don't have. Parents, seniors, and working Virginians need flexibility that allows them to vote early or on weekends. This is America - it should be voters choosing our leaders, not politicians choosing voters.
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