Voters should choose our leaders instead of politicians choosing voters
September 25, 2012
The Roanoke Times editorializes, "If you're a registered voter and are planning to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential, congressional and other elections, keep your eye out for an official-looking envelope from the State Board of Elections in your mailbox. New voter identification cards have started to arrive... And when you get your new voter ID, open it right away and check that your name and address are correct. If you need to change either, you can fill out a form on the back of the ID and return it to your local registrar's office -- but quickly. Oct. 15 is the deadline to update your registration by mail, fax or carrying it in. Or to register for the first time, for that matter."
Progressive Point: America was founded on the principle that we're all created equal. Voting is the one thing that brings us all together as Americans. From its founding principles to the Voting Rights Amendments, our Constitution guarantees our right to vote--whether man or woman, young or old, rich or poor.
But conservative politicians in the Commonwealth have been manipulating our election laws to make it harder for working Virginians, seniors and veterans to vote. Now voters are required to show specific types of ID that politicians know many people don't have and didn't need before. Across the country, politicians are removing options for working parents to vote early or on weekends, and taking away opportunities from new voters, seniors, and veterans to get help with their voter registration paperwork. This is America--voters should choose our leaders instead of politicians choosing voters.
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