Virginia's democracy should be free, fair, and accessible
August 14, 2012
The Washington Post reports, "Virginia New Majority, a civil rights group, announced a campaign on Monday to expand voting rights and health-care access in the state... Among the goals of its 'Common Promise' campaign: to automatically restore voting rights to ex-felons once they have served their sentences... Another bill would allow eligible public high students to be given the chance to register to vote in school as part of annual Constitution Day activities."
Progressive Point: Our democracy is strongest when every eligible citizen participates. Our voting system should be free, fair, and accessible, regardless of what you look like or how much money you make.
New and old voter suppression laws are preventing eligible Virginians with the least time and money from voting. That's not all: seniors and veterans who are lifelong voters face new hurdles as well. New voting restrictions require specific kinds of ID and old laws block people who have paid their debt from fully rejoining our society. Voting is a fundamental American freedom. We've never solved anything with less democracy, and we won't now.
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