Worst of the Week: Conservative Voter Suppression
March 9, 2012
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, "Senate Bill 1 -- previously the subject of fierce debate with Democratic opponents claiming it was designed to disenfranchise minorities, the elderly and the young -- passed the House 64-34. It had only cleared the Senate after Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling broke a 20-20 party line vote. Currently, a person who shows up at the polls without proper ID is allowed to vote normally after signing an affidavit swearing they're a registered voter."
Progressive Point: Voting is a fundamental American freedom. But just days after their attacks on women's rights, the same out-of-touch legislators passed legislation making it harder to vote in Virginia. Excessive and unnecessary ID requirements could keep thousands of senior, minority, low income, and student voters from casting a ballot.
Conservatives are unable or unwilling to focus on the job Virginia voters sent them to Richmond to do - create jobs, find transportation solutions, and invest in our economy. Our democracy works best when everyone participates. The only people who benefit from making it harder to vote are the legislators who made it harder to vote them out of office.
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