In Virginia, Democrats have just recently taken control of the state legislature. Naturally, one of their first courses of action is to try to ensure they keep that control. And yes, that means changing the voting base to more meet their needs.
So who gets to votes in Virginia now that wasn’t allowed to before?
State held prisoners and those who are mentally handicapped.
The newly proposed bill known as Senate Joint Resolution 8 is to be offered to state lawmakers on January 8 will purpose to “Amend Section 1 of Article 11 of the Constitution of Virginia.”
Previously, the Article said, “No person who has been convicted of a felony shall be qualified to vote unless his civil rights have been restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority. As prescribed by law, no person adjudicated to be mentally incompetent shall be qualified to vote until his competency has been reestablished.”
However, this part is now in jeopardy of being deleted from the constitution. And if it is, it will be replaced with:
“The only qualifications of voters shall be as follows: Each voter shall be a citizen of the United States, shall be eighteen years of age, shall fulfill the residency requirements set forth in this section, and shall be registered to vote pursuant to this article.”
The amendment continues by clarifying, “The residence requirements shall be that each voter shall be a resident of the Commonwealth and of the precinct where he votes.”
The bill, which is being sponsored by Democrat lawmakers Senator Mamie E Locke from Hampton and Representative Kaye Kory of Falls Church, has the potential to change the outcomes of politics within certain counties drastically. Like many other states, the largest state prisons in Virginia are housed in counties with minimal populations, which means that if a few thousand inmates and mentally unstable individuals were suddenly included in the vote, local government could be significantly influenced.
According to an academic study published by the American Academy of Political and Social Science, it was found that in some states, felons are six more times likely to register as Democrats than Republicans. And another study concluded that of all the people who show up to the polls in a presidential election, about 73% vote Democrat.
A former Republican member of the Virginia Board of Elections, Clara Bell Wheeler, says this is precisely why this legislation is being proposed. She said, “(Democrats) know that. That’s exactly why that bill’s there.”
Furthermore, Wheeler says that the bill could lead to felons running the system. She stated, “It’s unreasonable to think it’s fair or equitable that a prison population that contributes nothing to the betterment of the locality would be allowed to vote on local issues, such as commonwealth attorneys.”
Let’s take a look at a few of the larger state prisons in Virginia and compare their populations to the rest of the county they are located in.
Indian Creek Correctional Center, located in Chesapeake, keeps 1,002 inmates. The rest of the county is made up of 243,000 residents who voted for Trump in 2016 with a narrow margin of 1,444 votes.
River North Correctional Center in Grayson houses 1,024 prisoners, in a county with a population of 15,708. In 2016, Trump won by about 4,186 votes. Hillary Clinton had 1,407. If all the inmates vote Democrat, their numbers will double the Democratic population.
Lunenburg Correctional Center in Lunenburg County has about 1,185 inmates in a county with 12,369 residents. Trump won in this county in 2016 as well, but only by 980 votes.
And in Brunswick, Lawrenceville Correctional Center houses 1,555 prisoners in a county with a population of 15,708. In 2016, Hillary took the vote by a margin of about 1,428 votes, a percentage of 58.5. If all prisoners vote Democratic, they will make up nearly one-third of the electorate vote.
Scary, isn’t it?
And these predictions don’t even begin to count the number of college students that have recently been allowed to vote in the county of their school instead of at home. Wheeler says this allows even more people to vote on issues that don’t concern them.
For example, “Abermarle County had a $32M bond referendum on the table two years ago… students voted for it and it passed. Well, the students aren’t going to pay off that bond, they’re going to go home.”
This proves that Democrats aren’t concerned with helping their constituents; they care about votes and power.