ROANOKE - On Friday, the first day Virginians can vote early in the Democratic primary, Virginia candidate for lieutenant governor Del. Sam Rasoul (D-11) announced a plan to ensure the right to vote is never taken away from any Virginia citizen and get corporate money out of Virginia politics.
The plan's release follows Rasoul's endorsement this week from Delegate Cia Price (D-95), co-author of the Virginia Voting Rights Act.
In 2017, Rasoul was the only member of the General Assembly to reject all corporate PAC donations, and in his campaign for Lieutenant Governor, he has pledged that every dollar into his campaign will be from individual donors only.
Rasoul’s plan includes:
Ensuring the ability to vote is never taken away, including for the incarcerated
Expanding automatic voter registration to government agencies beyond the Department of Motor Vehicles
Instituting ranked-choice voting
Banning corporate political donations
Instituting maximum individual contribution limits
Exploring a small-donor public financing system for Virginia
Read the full plan on Rasoul’s website.
“In states across the South, we've seen Republican governors and legislatures this year enact vicious voter suppression laws. Luckily, the Democratic majority in Virginia has moved us in the opposite direction," said Rasoul. “Now is the time to go further and join other states by ensuring that the right to vote is never taken away, and putting measures in place that curb the undue influence of corporate greed on our elections."
Watch the video with co-author of the Virginia Voting Rights Act, Del. Cia Price (D-95).