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.

Message Recipients:
Your State Lower Chamber Representatives

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I'm writing to oppose Senate Joint Resolution 283, a proposed constitutional amendment that would set criteria for restoration of voting rights. Voter disenfranchisement is a holdover of racist Jim Crow-era policies, and no one's right to vote should be granted or revoked depending on the politics of the moment or who is governor.

Most importantly, this proposal would establish financial conditions on a person's right to vote. It's a modern-day poll tax, and it's unconstitutional.

Voting is a fundamental right that should be guaranteed in the Virginia Constitution. If SJ 283 is enacted, as proposed, one in five African-Americans would continue to be disenfranchised and would also be subject to a modern-day poll tax. Please oppose SJ 283 and ensure everyone has the right to vote.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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