Voter ID Passes Virginia Senate - "So 1866"

Prospects are up for House passage also.  More here.

Sen. Mamie Locke, D–Hampton, argued against the bill, saying that voter fraud tends to be random and isolated, and that the greater problem is voter apathy.  “We should be encouraging voter turnout, not finding barriers to limit participation,” Locke said. “This bill—and others like it—is so 1866.”

A brief note about Senator Mamie Locke's history.  1866 was a poor choice.  In fact, 1866 probably saw some the most open elections for freedmen in the Commonwealth.  Perhaps she meant 1864, or 1904.  But in 1866, it was largely Southern white ex-confederates who were disenfranchised, and not so much the freedmen.  But no matter.  Senator Locke has her history, and she's sticking to it.

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