“Misusing the Voting Rights Act”

Richmond Times Dispatch op ed:

“The public policy ramifications of allowing this challenge to continue are staggering. Under these plaintiffs’ theory, any cost or burden of voting — no matter how small — is too much. How about the cost of transportation to get to the polling place? Or the cost of waking up early to vote before work? Or the burden of remembering to vote at all? There is no logical end to the dangerous position taken by the political operatives and the Democratic Party of Virginia.

In reality, voting — like all civic duties — does come with a price. It does require a modest amount of personal sacrifice. The Voting Rights Act was designed to ensure that no eligible voter is denied the right to vote based on race, not to make voting a mindless exercise.”