Oppose SJ 283: A Modern-Day Poll Tax
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A proposed constitutional amendment, Senate Joint Resolution 283, would place limits on the right to vote in Virginia.
Instead of making improvements over our current disenfranchisement provisions, SJ 283 would enshrine in the state constitution that people who have been disenfranchised must go through a difficult restoration process to win back the right to vote.
Most importantly, this proposal would establish financial conditions on a person's right to vote. It's a modern-day poll tax, and that's unconstitutional.
Voting is not a privilege that should be subject to legislative whim and granted or revoked depending on the politics of the moment. Voting is a fundamental right that should be guaranteed in the Virginia Constitution. We must repeal the Jim Crow-era disenfranchisement provision and ensure everyone has the right to vote, instead of stepping into the past and allowing the government to decide who's worthy of this fundamental right.
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