Voter restrictions and intimidation
September 11, 2012
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, "Virginia gets mixed reviews in a study of how well the election laws of 10 swing states protect voters from discrimination and intimidation when they try to cast a ballot. The study...was released Monday by the nonpartisan voting rights groups Common Cause and Demos. The report concludes that Virginia 'offers unsatisfactory protections for voters from wrongful challenges to their right to vote before Election Day, but better protections against wrongful challenges on Election Day and good protections for voters from intimidation by partisan poll watchers on Election Day, inside and outside the polls.'"
Progressive Point: In the world's leading democracy, voting must be free, fair, and accessible. In Virginia, new restrictions on voting mean it's more important than ever that citizens know their rights. Conservative politicians have campaigned hard to roll back voting rights. Now the Tea Party is planning a nationwide effort to bully and intimidate voters at the ballot box.
The new voter restrictions will make it harder for working Virginians to vote. That's not all: seniors and veterans who are lifelong voters face new hurdles as well. Restrictions and intimidation tactics have no place between eligible Virginians and their fundamental right to vote.
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