Senate Democrats Protect Voters’ Rights, Kill Extreme Blocks to the Ballot Box

January 18, 2022

Today, the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee killed several bills that would severely roll back voters’ rights and election protections, maintaining the great progress made to expand access to the ballot box and ease the voting process.

Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said: “Absent any evidence of voter fraud, Republicans want to stop Virginians from exercising their democratic right to vote. Today, Senate Democrats put a halt to that effort, preserving voters’ rights.”

Caucus Chair Mamie Locke said: “Every Virginian is entitled to the right to vote, and we have made major strides in making sure that happens. We still have work to do expanding voting rights, but today we were able to deal a crushing blow to opponents of free and open elections.”

Senator Creigh Deeds, Chair of Privileges and Elections, said: “Our government of the people, by the people, and for the people is based on the essential right to vote. Today, we let Virginia Republicans know that we aren’t backing down in our effort to protect every Virginian’s  right to participate in our government, truly representing those who elect us.”