Partisan extremists in the General Assembly have just rammed through legislation designed to make it harder for Virginians to vote. The proposed legislation does nothing to combat voter fraud and is nothing more than an attempt to suppress voter turnout. These efforts need to be stopped. Newspapers across the Commonwealth have berated the Republicans’ attack on voting rights as “a throwback to the Jim Crow era,” “an impediment to voting that would adversely affect poor, elderly and minority voters,” and “a burden on citizens who are homebound, disabled, deployed in the military, away at college or otherwise unable to vote in person.”
These proposed laws would limit the forms of acceptable voter identification, adding obstacles for many voters. Governor McDonnell himself has acknowledged that the current system works. We should not make it more difficult for people to vote.