Last Friday, Delegate Rob Bell put out an email describing Virginia’s Attorney General’s , Mark Herring, attempts to thwart Virginia’s attempt to enforce voter ID.
What is voter ID? How we vote is a secret. How many times we vote is not a secret. Each of us only gets to vote once, and we have to be legally registered to vote where we want to vote. Voter ID is how we make one citizen, one vote, happen.
You are not a citizen of Virginia? You don’t reside in the precinct where you want to vote? Then you are not suppose to vote, and voter ID just prevents unscrupulous people from doing what they are not suppose to do.
If we don’t want folks from out of state, illegal immigrants, and felons voting in our elections, we have to accurately identify the people who have the right to vote. If we don’t want people voting more than once, we have to accurately identify the people who have already voted. That requires a good system of voter ID.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Herring expanded the Democratic Party’s war against Virginia’s new photo ID law. Asked for his legal advice, Herring argued that the law could be unconstitutional unless registrars accepted expired drivers’ licenses.
This is nonsense.
In the spring of 2013, the General Assembly passed a series of bills to address voter fraud. In addition to Mark Obenshain’s photo ID bill, we passed my House Bill 1764 to help prevent people from voting in more than one state, and several others.
Since the laws passed, there have been numerous media reports on the extent of this problem. See the New York Times article here, and these others about voter fraud in Texas, New York, and Nevada. Closer to home, Virginia made international news when Congressman Jim Moran’s son was caught on video explaining how to falsify utility bills to fool registrars, and Fox News reported that a recent private study identified over 40,000 voters registered in both Maryland and Virginia.
In 2013, Mark Herring opposed new these laws, saying they were unneeded and that Republicans were just trying to “confuse” the voters. This avalanche of new evidence demonstrates that he was – and is – wrong. Please contact him here and demand that he ensure the integrity of Virginia’s voting system.
Delegate, 58th District
Why does our Attorney General and the Democratic Party oppose voter ID? Obviously, they expect people who should not be voting to vote for them. If that how they expect to win elections, then they are crooked politicians. Such politicians cannot be trusted, not even by the dishonest people who vote for them.
You want to run the crooked politicians out of office? Then give your support to the politicians who think they can win with an honest vote.