Voting Opened To Everyone
Virginia had its Democratic primary today. We elect our governor in an off year–the year after the presidential election. Our governor may not run for two consecutive terms, but he can run again after being out of office for at least one term. Unlike the governor, our lieutenant governor can run for consecutive terms, but this year he (Justin Fairfax) has decided to run for governor instead. He is one of five candidates running for the office. The Democratic front runner is former governor, Terry McAullife.
Voting was easy. We went about 0630 and were the only ones voting. The poll workers out numbered us about 3 to 1. It was quick, easy, and painless. No lines, no hassle, and no waiting. We did have to wear a mask, but that wasn’t burdensome under the circumstances.
One of the benefits of voting in an off-year election is that it gives the pundits something to discuss and a possible clue of what the bigger election picture of 2022 might be like. In Virginia, it also gives a good clue as to how many of those people that at least had the option of voting today, may retain that option next year.
So far, Virginia is one of the few states that have not proposed voting restrictions. I hope that whoever wins the governor’s mansion will not decide that s/he must fall into the same trap. The state has bucked tradition by enacting the Virginia Voting Rights Act of 2021.
More restrictions on the vote are likely to become law, as roughly one-third of legislatures are still in session. Indeed, at least 61 bills with restrictive provisions are moving through 18 state legislatures. More specifically, 31 have passed at least one chamber, while another 30 have had some sort of committee action (e.g., a hearing, an amendment, or a committee vote). Overall, lawmakers have introduced at least 389 restrictive bills in 48 states in the 2021 legislative sessions. Brennan Center for Justice
Why are we scared of allowing all qualified citizens to vote?
Is this your idea of the only credible voting scenario (but including a white man as well as a white woman)?