A new Free Beacon report finds that approximately eight Virginia counties had more registered voters than actual eligible voters on their submitted ballot rolls.
To investigate this anomaly, Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Va.) proposed a bill earlier this year that would conduct an inquiry on those eight jurisdictions. However, on Friday, the state’s Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, formally vetoed the proposed bill.
McAuliffe’s statement of reasoning stems from a rather lame duck excuse, which can be read below:
“By requiring 133 individual general registrars to conduct an investigation of voters under undefined standards, this bill raises serious constitutional questions. It could expose eligible and properly registered Virginians to the risk of improper disenfranchisement.
Further, Senate Bill 1105 would increase the administrative burden on local election officials. Rather than imposing unnecessary investigative requirements on those officials, we should focus attention and resources on the Commonwealth’s proven and efficient methods of list maintenance, which serve as a national model.”
This is not the first time McAuliffe has turned away a bill that would hold accountability to voting polls. In 2016, McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would mandate registrars to deny applicants who omitted biographical information, such as age, on their voter forms.
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Obenshain’s bill, which was promoted by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, read as follows in the summary below:
“The bill would require the local electoral boards to direct the general registrars to investigate the list of persons voting at an election whenever the number of persons voting at any election in a county or city exceeds the number of persons registered to vote in that county or city.
The Department of Elections is required to provide certain data to any general registrar conducting such an investigation for the registrar’s use during the investigation. The local electoral boards are required to make reports of the findings to the State Board. These reports are public documents.”
H/T: Free Beacon
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