RICHMOND (February 4, 2021) -Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement today following the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 272 by the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections:
Today’s bi-partisan passage of Senator Mamie Locke’s Constitutional Amendment to finally cement the right to vote is an encouraging and exciting first step to reversing Virginia’s century-old voter suppression laws.
The Virginia NAACP applauds the committee for passing this bill, our number-one legislative priority for the 2021 legislative session, and demands that the full Senate pass this bill swiftly.”
The Virginia NAACP commends Senators Bell, Boysko, Deeds, Ebbin, Howell, Mason, McClellan, Spruill, Surovell, and Vogel for their votes to pass this legislation to finally undo years of codified Jim Crow-era voter suppression.
Voting is the bedrock of our democracy, but Senators Dunnavant, Peake, Reeves and Ruff voted against protecting the right to vote in our state constitution. The Virginia NAACP is optimistic that these Senators will acknowledge that all Virginians of voting age should have the right to vote, and vote in favor of this common-sense legislation by the time it comes to the floor of the Senate.