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Virginia GOP Continues Their Assault on Voters

New laws passed in the state legislature to make it more
difficult for Virginians to vote.

Virginia’s state legislature has moved forward on Voter ID bills that will make it harder for the average voter to cast their ballot. The most current bill passed eliminates several currently-valid forms of Voter ID’s. This includes a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter, or even a social security card. This is the third Voter ID bill in the past couple of years for the GOP-led state.

If every time a voter goes to the polls there is a new change, how are they going to know what they need to cast their vote? GOP state Reps and Senators have consistently rebuffed any effort in voter education efforts to keep people informed on such activity calling it a “waste of taxpayer dollars.” However, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling sided with Democrats in delaying implentation until July 1, 2014 to give an appropriate amount of time to get out and spread the word to voters of these new policies.

These bills are clearly another conservative attempt to suppress votes and make casting a ballot in elections more difficult. Why is it so important for the GOP to continue to make it more and more difficult for people to vote? What is the absolute necessity to continue to create more added confusion at the polls?

Voting is our established, constitutional right; It should be easy. It is already difficult enough to take time off of work and stand in the unnecessary long lines to make this happen. Voters don’t need added hoops to jump through.

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