OPPOSE VIRGINIA'S VOTER SUPPRESSION BILLS
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Virginia Governor

OPPOSE VIRGINIA'S VOTER SUPPRESSION BILLS

    1. Allen Buansi
    2. Petition by

      Allen Buansi

      Chapel Hill, NC

The proposed voter suppression bills aim to correct a problem that doesn’t exist. Patrons of the bills claim that they will prevent "voter fraud" in Virginia, yet they haven’t put forward any evidence that voter fraud is actually a problem in our state.

In addition, the law imposes numerous new requirements on local election officials; such as providing and processing provisional ballots and conducting trainings on the new regulations without specifying where funding for these mandates would be attained. 

Virginia will face even more budget cuts that will affect jobs and families for the sake of laws that are not needed in the first place. We should be investing in budgets for education, public works, and jobs instead of spending money on more excessive bureaucracy.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Thank you

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who signed the petition for your tremendous support. You all are contributing to a great, winning effort. Please continue to be vigilant in the defense of your constitutional rights.

    2. Success!! But more work needs to be done...

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      None of Virginia's voter PHOTO ID and CITIZENSHIP bills made it through the House. They died in committee. HB 569 got the farthest (it required a photo ID and proof of citizenship to register to vote and a photo ID to vote), but it was offed in a House Appropriations Sub-Committee.

      What will cross over next week are: HB 9, HB 63 and SB 1. These bills relate to provisional balloting.

      Thanks also to our efforts, the original HB 9 and SB 1 have radically been amended. These are all victories!

      While we still need to be vigilant and work against passage of the 3 remaining bills--HB 9, HB 63 and SB 1--the wind is behind us and the people are with us! Thank you for your support and please continue to circulate this petition. Read the latest on the voter legislation and find out how you can help in the following link.

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Bills tightening voting ID laws advance, despite outcry

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      Nearly 300 protestors showed at the rally yesterday against the proposed voter ID legislation. House Bill 9 has passed the preliminary approval vote, which would have citizens without the approved photo ID submit a provisional ballot that does not count . The provisional ballot would ONLY count if the voter's identity can be verified. The actual vote will occur today, and it is likely to pass the House.

      A similar bill in the Senate (SB 1) will be advanced to the floor after passing yesterday in the committee on a straight party-line vote 8-7. In the Senate, these voting bills from the House as well as SB 1 will likely be hotly contested as the Senate is evenly split 20-20 between the parties and the lieutenant governor would have the deciding vote if a bill is split 20-20 in a vote.

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. Thank You

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached the 1,000-signature mark thanks to all of you. Thanks to your contributions, we have set a new goal of 1,500 signatures by the time of the rally on Tuesday.

      Please continue to circulate our petition. Remember, the more voices on this petition and at the rally, the more resounding it is to the Virginia legislature and governor that citizens say NO to these bills.

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. "PROTECT OUR VOTE" RALLY this TUESDAY, JAN. 31st at 9 AM

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      Please join us at the rally, a call to action, at the Bell Tower on Capital Square at 9th & Broad Street in Richmond.

      Share the news and bring friends to declare to legislators and the governor that we do NOT want this legislation.

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. HB 9 & HB 63 will be considered on Friday, Jan 27th at 9:00am.

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      9th Floor Appropriations Room in the General Assembly Building.

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. Meeting of the House P&E subcommittee discussing HB 9 & other voting bills

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      On Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7:30 AM @ 5th Floor West Conf. Room, Gen. Assembly Building

      HB 9: Voting procedures; voter identification requirements, provisional ballots
      HB 61: Absentee ballot applications; unlawful to solicit in person from individuals in any hospital, etc.
      HB 63: Provisional ballots; electoral board meeting opened to only authorized party to determine validity
      HB 64: Elections; assistance to voters
      HB 309: Absentee voting; persons age 65 and older on day of an election are entitled to vote absentee.

    13. Meeting Schedule for Committee that handles Voting Bills

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      If you live in Virginia or reside in the Richmond area, take a look at the meeting times for the Privileges & Elections Committee, which will discuss this year's proposed voting bills, including the Voter Photo ID bill. Consider attending a meeting. Check the accompanying web link periodically as meeting times may change.

    14. Docket of Voting Bills in the Virginia General Assembly

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      Take a look at all of the voting bills that will be proposed in this year's session of the Assembly in the accompanying link.

    15. Justice Dept. rejects South Carolina voter ID law, calling it discriminator

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the latest national development on the issue of Voter Photo ID bill in South Carolina, in particular.

    16. Thank You

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      Your signatures, your comments and your support have been tremendous and much-needed. Please continue to support our cause which affects ALL of us, by circulating this petition link to your family, friends and neighbors. Thanks to your support, we have passed the 100-signature mark well on our way to 1,000.

      Check us out and "like" us on Facebook too at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Protect-Our-Vote-Stop-Virginias-Restrictive-Voting-Bills/292994264069073

    17. Reached 100 signatures
    18. A Year's Review of What Has Passed and What May Come

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the landscape of voter suppression efforts in the past year and in the coming year. Robert Brandon, the president of the Fair Elections Legal Network, gives a summary of photo id bills that have been proposed and a look into what will happen in the new year.

    19. Reached 25 signatures
    20. Voter Fraud? More Myth than Truth

      Allen Buansi
      Petition Organizer

      Explore the validity of the bill proponents' claim that voter fraud is a serious problem that the bill would eliminate. In fact, a five-year study published by the U.S. Justice Department under former President Bush found only 86 cases of voter fraud out of over 300 million ballots cast nationwide.

      Pages 6-7 and 12-23 of a report published by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York Law School go more in-depth into the truth of voter fraud.

    21. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Lora Toothman RICHMOND, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm very concerned that the Republican party keeps saying it's the party of small government, and then turning around and sponsoring legislation that places burdensome new requirements on individuals and local governments. I'm also concerned that these bills will predominantly affect low income and minority voters. These are bad bills.

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    • michelle edmonds RICHMOND, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      If there were evidence of there being a problem with "voter fraud" in our state I might be more willing to consider this bill, but from what I've read this doesn't appear to be an issue in our state.

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    • HERBERT SOUTHALL GLEN ALLEN, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.

      Work on the important issues affecting our Commonwealth !!!

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    • Natalie Somer CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a native born Virginian, I am mortified that Virginia and the South have not advanced past the Neanderthal stage when it comes to class and race. This is so reminiscent of the bad old days of the Poll Tax. It is obvious Republicans will do anything to prevent voters who are not in line with their thinking from voting. This has to stop at the governor's desk.

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    • Carol Woodward PRINCE GEORGE, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      The Republicans can't win on their ideas so they rig the election process. We should be encouraging voters, not inhibiting or banning them.

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