VOTER ID LAW WILL DISENFRANCHISE OLDER VOTERS
RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia joined with other voter advocacy groups today to voice strong opposition to pending legislation requiring stricter identification requirements to vote.
The following is the statement of AARP Virginia Advocacy Director David DeBiasi:
“Older people who have voted all of their lives shouldn’t have to worry about whether their vote will count on Election Day because they might not have the right form of ID. We want to make sure that when older voters go to the polls on Election Day that their votes count.
“AARP has long-standing policy on ensuring that 50-plus Americans are not unduly burdened when voting and the pending legislation would place an unnecessary obligation on older voters. We have consistently urged opposition to unreasonable identification requirements that discourage or prevent citizens from voting.
“AARP Virginia opposed legislation during the 2012 General Assembly that made it more difficult for older people to vote. The current proposed voter ID law is even more restrictive and will disenfranchise older, low-income and minority voters.
“Older people who have voted all of their lives should not have to prove their identity to continue to vote.”
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