We must inspire all Virginians
I was troubled to listen to Republican candidate for Lt. Governor Susan Stimpson talk about how she would inspire African-American voters.
Q: Let’s say you’re campaigning in some of the urban areas, how would you be able to inspire blacks to vote for Susan Stimpson, what would be your message?
STIMPSON: Well that wouldn’t be a set constituency that I would try to inspire.
We need leaders who will inspire all Virginians, no matter who they are or where they live. That’s the campaign I am running and that’s how I would lead as Lieutenant Governor. It’s unfortunate to see anyone seeking public office in the Commonwealth believe otherwise.
One hundred years ago, women marched on Washington to demand the vote. Today, we honor the heroes who reached for the ballot and commit ourselves to protecting everyone’s right to vote.
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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.