If you were one of the half-a-million Virginians to vote by absentee ballot in 2008 then you know that the right to cast a ballot, either in person or absentee, and have a say in who runs our government is central to what it means to be an American and a Virginian. That’s what makes the nationwide right-wing attack on voting rights so disturbing. Instead of trying to win with the best candidates and the best ideas, they want to rig the game before it starts and rob otherwise-qualified voters of their rights in the process.
This week the latest front in the war on voters opened here in Virginia. As the The Virginian-Pilot reported, Governor Bob McDonnell’s Republican-controlled State Board of Elections is trying to make it easier for election officials to disqualify absentee ballots over something as silly as a sloppy signature. That’s right, if the regulations that the State Board of Elections devised go through, the way you cross your “T’s” and dot your “I’s” could cost you your voice in our government.
Instead of making it easier for qualified voters to cast a ballot and make their voices heard, the State Board is going out of its way to make it harder. Extreme right-wing Republicans across the country are resorting to similar measures, which is why we need you to lend your voice to the fight. If Bob McDonnell and Republicans on the State Board of Elections believed in protecting the right of every Virginian to vote, why would they disqualify ballots over sloppy penmanship?
This has already gone too far, but there is still time to influence the outcome of this issue. Between now and October 12th the State Board of Elections will be taking public comment on their plan to make it easier to throw away absentee ballots over poor handwriting. Will you click here and take just a moment to make your voice heard on this critical issue?
Virginia’s elections should be about choosing leaders who will make life better for our families, not finding new ways to limit the number of people who have a say in their government. Please stand with the Democratic Party of Virginia today and fight back against these outrageous new regulations by clicking here and explaining that we need more protections for voting rights, not less.