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Dr. Ibraheem Samirah for State Senate
I strongly believe that we need to do everything we can to increase ballot access and voter turnout. Our democratic system has been distorted by Republicans who have rigged elections in their favor. Look no further than gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and discriminatory election administration to see these insidious efforts. This election rigging almost always targets people of color and other marginalized communities. I will work to roll back voter disenfranchisement and ensure voting is a right for all in Virginia.
One of the best ways to open up our elections to marginalized people would be to adopt automatic voter registration. AVR would modernize the voting system to ensure that voter registration doesn’t continue to serve as a significant barrier to American citizens exercising their right to vote. Whenever a Virginian interacts with state agencies, they would be registered to vote while given the chance to opt-out.
The Electoral College is an outdated institution that creates an undemocratic system for deciding who holds the most important office in the land. I believe that the candidate who gets the most votes should win an election. That’s why I gladly support entering Virginia into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would pledge our electoral college votes to whoever wins the popular vote in presidential elections.
Virginia’s policy of felon disenfranchisement is, quite frankly, a legacy of slavery and the Jim Crow era. We must finally join 47 other states and restore the right to vote to ex-felons, who are overwhelmingly people of color.