DNC Statement on Virginia’s Historic Expansion of Voting Rights
April 13, 2020
Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the sweeping expansion of voting rights signed into law in Virginia this weekend:
“Elections have consequences, and Virginians are reaping the rewards of earth-shattering Democratic victories in 2017 and 2019. This is the historic victory that volunteers and activists were working toward as they knocked doors and made calls across the Commonwealth — and it’s a reminder of the stakes we face this November.
“In recognizing the inviolability of our right to vote, Governor Northam and Virginia Democrats have forged a path toward shutting voter suppression out of our politics for good. From expanding absentee and early voting and passing automatic voter registration to making Election Day a state holiday, these are commonsense solutions that voters should enjoy nationwide.
“Our democracy is strongest when each of us can make our voices heard. This fight has never been more urgent, and Democrats across the country will continue working to defend fair and free access to the ballot.”