Voting Rights and Fair Elections

APV has spoken out and testified before the Virginia General Assembly and the Virginia Board of Elections in favor of measures which would strengthen and expand access to the ballot box for all citizens.

APV opposes efforts to gerrymander Congressional and state electoral districts so as to concentrate minority votes in select districts. We believe that efforts to do this have occurred in Virginia as recently as the 2010 redistricting cycle. We support recent court rulings that require this gerrymander to be rectified. APV also supports an independent redistricting panel that would take politics out of the process.

APV has called for a comprehensive overhaul of the way votes are cast and has asked for a systemic review of voting machines and their accuracy and security local, state wide and nationally. There is much evidence that modern voting machines are easily hackable and prone to error. We have testified against bills that would limit the recount option, require multiple forms of ID, expand the use of provisional ballots or eliminate paper records.

APV has spoken out against the practice of vote caging and politically motivated voter callenges. APV opposes all forms of voter suppression based on the erroneous pretext of alleged wide spread voter fraud.

APV supports universal voter registration at age 18.

APV supports making elections day a national holiday.

APV supports making it easier for third party candidates to get on the ballot.

APV supports ending the disenfranchisement of citizen who have been convicted of a felony.

APV supports strengthening and making permanent the provisions of the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights.