Target: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia
Goal: Reprimand officials who have taken votes away from 40,000 citizens
As Virginia gears up to vote in its local elections in coming weeks, many citizens will find that they have lost their ability to cast a ballot. Roughly 40,000 voters have been purged from voter rolls based on the guesses of county registrars about who might potentially be an out of state resident and therefore unable to legally cast a vote. Because of the arbitrary method employed, the Democratic Party of Virginia has filed a lawsuit against the policy. State officials, including Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor, are defending the list they created, asserting that it is accurate. This is clearly an unreliable way to discern legal voters from unregistered ones.
After a brief review of the purge, one registrar noted that about ten percent of those declared ineligible actually are allowed to vote within the state of Virginia. That amounts to 4,000 registered voters that will not have a say in their own local elections. Deactivated voters do have a chance to get back on the list, as all 40,000 citizens are being notified of their being purged. However, those who show up to the polls without realizing it beforehand will likely end up seeing their votes hindered or rejected altogether. While conditional balloting will probably be available, they take longer than traditional voting and sometimes do not get included in vote totals.
This process has unnecessarily hampered voting in Virginia’s local election. Purging voters arbitrarily only restricts legal voters from participating in their civic duties.
Other states have moved beyond the voter purge, recognizing the flaws inherent within it. In this case, 4,000 voters will encounter some level of difficulty when going to vote in the state of Virginia. Sign the petition below to reprimand this practice and those who employ it.
Dear Attorney General Cuccinelli,
The voter purge recently conducted by you and your colleagues was an inaccurate way to determine who should and should not be able to cast a vote in Virginia’s upcoming election. By asking registrars to arbitrarily identify citizens who are potentially out-of-state residents, you have cut 40,000 people from the voting rolls. After a brief review from one registrar, about ten percent of those who had been deactivated were noted to actually be legitimate voters. That is 4,000 citizens who have already registered and will have trouble voting. Now, voters who have been deactivated must jump through hoops to get back on the list and will likely see their votes hindered.
The Democratic Party of Virginia has filed a lawsuit against this practice because of its inherent inaccuracies and unreliability, and because it constrains voters’ rights unnecessarily.
Other states have moved beyond this method because of its negligent nature. Stop defending the list your colleagues have created. It has taken away the right to vote from 4,000 citizens or more.
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