WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News

Assembly Did Little to Ease Voter Lines

February 23, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Long lines at the polls in November and a deadly school shooting the next month failed to prompt Virginia lawmakers to make voting easier or curb gun violence.

Several bills intended to eliminate long waits at the polls were rejected by the 2013 General Assembly, which was scheduled to adjourn Saturday. Among them were bills to allow early voting and no-excuses absentee voting. Instead, lawmakers made it harder to vote by requiring voters to show a photo ID.

The mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school led to several gun-control proposals. But the only one that passed was a modest increase in the penalty for so-called "straw purchases" of firearms. Bans on assault-style rifles and large-capacity ammunition magazines were rejected.

Anti-abortion bills that dominated the 2012 session were less prominent.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 192735941