Senator Emmett Hangar, the Republican embarrassment of Augusta County, has once again outdone himself, this time proposing legislation that would facilitate voter fraud and potentially make it possible for illegal aliens to vote in non-federal elections. His latest outrage, SB 1038, would establish a presumption that anyone who files taxes in the state is domiciled in Virginia for the purposes of determining voting eligibility, regardless of their citizenship. For those who don’t live at an address recognized by the postal service, census bureau, or the Virginia VERIS system, they can establish their eligibility to vote by simply making a verbal affirmation. I guess after being strongly challenged in a primary last election cycle, Emmett is looking for a way to build up a voter base.
You’d think that when we’re going to modify statutes regarding voter eligibility, the first thing you’d want to establish is that the person who wants to vote is actually a United States citizen, but Hangar doesn’t seem to think that is of much importance. Instead, Hangar wants to ensure consideration of a person’s “expressed intent”, “residence of parents”, and whether they rent property in Virginia when determining eligibility. Why would the domicile of one’s parents have anything to do with whether someone should vote in Virginia elections is of course left unexplained, but it sure would make it a lot easier for non-citizens who have parents who live in Virginia, whether those parents are eligible to vote or not, to suddenly become Virginia voters.
Citizenship just doesn’t seem to count for what it used to.
One of the few places that permits this sort of scheme is Takoma Park, Maryland, or as Marylander’s call it, “The People’s Republic of Takoma Park”, a self-declared “nuclear-free zone” where anyone and just about anything can vote in local elections and homosexual couples get domestic health benefits courtesy of the taxpayer. I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised that Emmett Hangar is apparently modeling his legislative agenda around the policies in place in the “Berkley of the East”. His constituents shouldn’t be that surprised either, although they might want to consider upgrading their representation in the Senate of Virginia after what must be the hundredth time Hangar has decided to screw them over, along with the rest of the Commonwealth. A turnip would be a better Senator than this buffoon.
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