July 28, 2015
Virginia voting rights advocates this morning delivered testimony to the State Board of Elections in support of proposed changes to the design of the voter registration form. The proposed new format would streamline the application and clarify required questions, reducing the number of applicants who are rejected for failing to complete the full form.
"We all want our elections to be free, fair, and accessible," said ProgressVA executive director Anna Scholl. "The real threat to the integrity of our elections is politicians who throw up more barriers to voting. It's disgusting any politician would throw around wild and unfounded accusations to hide their true motivation: opposition to any proposal to make it easier for every eligible Virginia voter to cast a ballot."
"We hear all the time from voters whose voter application was rejected because they overlooked part of the form," commented Tram Nguyen, co-executive director of New Virginia Majority. "We should be reducing barriers to voting, not increasing them. Redesigning the voter registration form to make it more user friendly is a great step towards making sure every eligible Virginia voter can cast a ballot."