Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Elections
State Board of Elections
Voter Registration [1 VAC 20 ‑ 40]
Chapter is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Action Revise Valid Definition
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 8/4/2014
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7/15/14  5:16 pm
Commenter: Jim Black

Restrictions on the Right to Vote Undermine our Democracy

I believe it is absolutely critical that the rules and procedures governing voting be written and interpreted in such a way to maximize participation by people who have the right to vote, regardless of social or economic status, while providing for the least intrusive measures that are necessary to reduce voter fraud.  It is clear that limiting the forms of ID that will be considered valid for purposes of exercising the right to vote to unexpired forms of identification will disenfranchise people who are legally entitled to vote, particularly those with more limited resources, while it has not been credibly shown that this measure is necessary to combat voter fraud.  As a result, I strongly oppose this proposal and ask the SBE to stand up to political pressure and to do the right thing in the interest of preserving a vibrant and participatory democracy for the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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