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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7/26/14  5:17 pm
Commenter: Robin M. Crane

Voting is NOT a PRIVILEGE, it's a Right, as well as a Responsibility. Don't kill it.

A requirement for government-issued photo ID, ESPECIALLY one with a future expiration date, discourages voting.

Voting is NOT a privilege, that partisans should feel free to deny for their own partisan or ideological, self-serving reasons. Voting is a RIGHT and a RESPONSIBILITY.  By discouraging voters from exercizing that right and living up to their citizenship responsibilities, ID proponents are wielding a highly damaging blow against American democracy and patriotism.

Why should people respect government OR their fellow citizens when they perceive them as denying such a fundamental right?  Why should people feel any responsibility to their fellow citizens and their local, state, and national institutions, if those same institutions tell them not to live up to their responsibilitiesa?

The law as it stands now prohibits using the expiration date for ID purposes (see posts on the Town Hall from local voting registrars).  Why, then, would regulations require a unexpired date on the ID, unless some powerful group was intimidating election officials into breaking the law?





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