By House Delegate Rob Bell (R, VA-58)
Letter to Constituents
Jessica recently received jury notice. The problem? It was for a jury in Prince George’s County, Maryland!
Jessica hasn’t lived in Maryland for 20 years. She moved to Charlottesville, worked as a teacher, raised two kids, and voted (at least occasionally for me)! And yet she was never removed from the Maryland voter rolls.
We must do a better job. Virginia participates in a data matching exchange with other states. This spring, my House Bill 2343 would have required the Department of Elections to provide local registrars with a list of voters who were found to be registered in a second state. The bill passed the House 68-30 and the Senate 23-15.
However, when it got to Governor McAuliffe’s desk, he vetoed it.
Recent prosecutions have proven, once and for all, that voter fraud is real. (See this TV report of the Harrisonburg prosecution: “Student Headed to Prison for Registering Dead Voters for Democrats.”) Leaving these two-state voters on the rolls is simply an invitation for fraud. We will have to try again next year.