So There’s Voter Fraud After All

Posted: August 18, 2014

In last weekend’s firehouse primary to choose a Democratic candidate for the 16th District state Senate seat formerly held by Henry Marsh, Petersburg Del. Rosalyn Dance handily won the four-way race with 45 percent of the vote. Former Richmond Mayor Rudy McCollum Jr. finished a distant third.

Mr. McCollum wants the state Democratic Party to investigate what he believes is voter fraud in Petersburg precincts that favored Ms. Dance. Video footage, he says, shows an alarming incidence of improper curbside voting.
The irony here not lost on state Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, who shepherded Virginia’s new photo-ID voting bill through the Senate. State Democrats, Mr. Obenshain observed, have repeatedly accused Republicans of raising the specter of voter fraud when none exists. But now Democrats allege improprieties in a contest for which they adopted stricter identification requirements than those written into the new law.

“Coming from the party that routinely denies any possibility of voter fraud,” Mr. Obenshain wrote on Wednesday, “Richmond Democrats’ newfound obsession with the issue is highly entertaining.”

Maybe now that a Democratic ox supposedly has been gored, the party will see the value in a law that seeks to preserve the integrity of the voting process.



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