Senate Democrats call on Gov. McDonnell to veto voter suppression bill

Blue Virginia reports:

Today, Senate Democrats called on Governor Bob McDonnell to veto the voter suppression bill awaiting action on his desk, Senate Bill 1. A cornerstone of Republican’s overreaching agenda, SB1 requires Virginians to show additional documentation in order to vote, disproportionally preventing seniors and low-income Virginians from voting.

In recent days, Gov. McDonnell has called SB 1’s restrictions on voting “unreasonable,” and said that the legislation imposes an “unduly burden and barriers to your vote.” Senate Democrats agree: the Governor should veto this discriminatory bill immediately.

“Senate Bill 1 will systematically disenfranchise the poor, the elderly, the youth, and the disabled, and I call on Governor McDonnell to veto it right away,” said Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico). “The fact is that some of the most vulnerable members of our society will be disenfranchised by this bill, and Governor McDonnell should veto it.”

Virginians without identification are currently allowed to vote if they sign a sworn statement that they are the registered voters they claim to be (signing a false statement is a felony). The bill would prevent voters without proper ID from doing this, and instead require them to cast a provisional ballot and subsequently provide identification.


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