Virginia election officials removed over 5,500 voters for non-citizenship since 2011 per a report from the Public Interest Legal Foundation. One third of those removed cast ballots in that time for a total of nearly 7,500 illegal ballots from a pool of removed non-citizens.
Virginia voter identification law requires photo identification upon attempting to cast a ballot. However, in recent history, Governor Terry McAuliffe has sought to loosen those restrictions when it comes to voter identification laws.
Governor McAuliffe has quashed multiple legislative attempts at reform. Since 2008, the former head of the Democratic National Committee has vetoed eight bills that would have strengthened election integrity. This includes his veto of SB 1105 from this past Legislative Session. The bill would have required “the local electoral boards to direct the general registrars to investigate the list of registered voters whenever the number of registered voters in a county or city exceeds the population of persons age 18 years or older.” In other words, an investigation would be required when an impossible number of registrants and/or votes occurred in the voter roll. Vetoed.
In stark contrast to Virginia’s seemingly strict voting laws, Maryland voter identification law only requires first time voters who registered by mail and did not provide a valid form of identification to present such on Election Day. The majority of Maryland voters do not need to present any sort identification.
Del. Neil Parrott introduced HB 532 this Legislative Session – as well as legislation in the past two Legislative Sessions – which would require voters to present valid identification to an election judge in order to cast a ballot. The same bill bill also would allow for a provisional ballot to be cast and verified at a later date if an individual is unable to provide valid identification on Election day. The bill was voted down in the Ways and Means Committee across party lines for the third consecutive year.
The prevailing argument against such is that requiring one to provide valid identification is disenfranchising those who cannot do so. This is simply false. A Maryland Identification Card can be obtained at the Department of Motor Vehicles even if that individual cannot drive. And, as noted above, if one is unable to provide valid identification, a provisional ballot can be cast and verified once one is provided at a later date.
In a state that sought sanctuary state status and is already heavily gerrymandered – with no clear end of such practice is sight – who stands to benefit from allowing illegals to cast ballots?
Those who allow them to do so.