18 Mar 2013
March 18, 2013

GOP “Autopsy” Report

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The Republican National Committee released its post-election Growth & Opportunity Project report today.  The proposals include frontloading the primary process, with the last primary being as early as April 30, 2016.  I will have comments on this later.  .

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Last fall, we saw a number of voting problems in Virginia.  The primary problem was long lines (up to 5 hours) which prevented people from voting.  I got one call about a women whose oxygen was running out and could not stay to vote.  A vote delayed is a vote denied.  There were numerous other voting problems, including polls not opening..

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27 Nov 2012
November 27, 2012

Virginia Voter ID – Reality Check

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 Not too long ago, Virginia did not require any type of voter identification.  Then it required voter ID, but voters lacking an ID could sign an affirmation.  This year, Virginia’s new and strict voter ID law went into effect.  Voters were required to have one of various types of identification and voters lacking such ID had..

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16 Nov 2012
November 16, 2012

FAST Voting Act

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Virginia Congresman Gerry Connolly is sponsoring in the House and Virginia Senator Mark Warner is co-sponsoring (with Delaware Senator Chris Coons) in the Senate, the Fair, Accurate, Secure and Timely (FAST) Voting Act of 2012 (text below).  The  FAST ACT would create a competitive grant program in the model of Race to the Top education..

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15 Nov 2012
November 15, 2012

Voting Reform – Federal Help

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Voting systems are a state (and local) responsibility, although one that they have not been handling well.  They could benefit from federal guidance and assistance, as set out in, for example Sen. Coons new bill.  The Brennan Center is also doing excellent work on this issue.  Virginians need to respond now.

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15 Nov 2012
November 15, 2012

Voting Reform

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Here is a reprint of an excellent recent Washington Post op-ed regarding some approaches to resolving voting problems.  What Obama can do about all those voting problems By Greg Sargent During his victory speech, President Obama surprised and delighted a lot of observers with an offhand reference to fixing our voting problems. After noting that..

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I couldn’t be happier with the results of election day – the re-election of President Obama, the election of Tim Kaine, and Democrats picking up seats in both the House and the Senate.  But having spent from 5 am to 9:30 pm working with attorneys helping voters, it is clear that there are serious problems..

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05 Nov 2012
November 5, 2012

OFA-VA Voter Protection Hotline

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If you haven’t voted yet, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, between 6 am and 7 pm is  your last chance!  You can find your polling location by going to gottavote.com or vote.barackobama.com, or call our voter protection hotline: 1-855-VOTE-213 (1-855-868-3213). The hotline handles all voting-related issues.  You e can call to check their registration status, find their polling place,..

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Voters can find their polling location by going to gottavote.com or vote.barackobama.com, or they can call 1-855-VOTE-213 (1-855-868-3213). Virginia has expanded the types of ID a voter can bring to the polls.  Voters just need ONE form of ID.  Acceptable IDs include: VA driver’s license VA voter registration card Student ID from any community or..

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19 Oct 2012
October 19, 2012

Protecting the Vote

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We will have a number of Voter Protection training sessions around the Commonwealth tomorrow – sign up with Victory Counsel here. As you know, the Democratic Party has a long history of fighting for and protecting the rights of voters.  And this year, the DNC has continued to promote a system of elections that is..

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