By Zach Armstrong
CLARKSVILLE, Va -- Sen. Frank Ruff (R-15th District) encouraged voters to vote in person and in favor of bipartisan redistricting in an email sent to constituents Wednesday.
“The safest and surest way to eliminate any fraud is to drop by the county registrar’s office as soon as possible.” stated the email. “Once they are sure you are who you say you are, they will allow you to vote, preventing anyone else from using your name to vote.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged new laws to pass the Virginia assembly to facilitate voting not done in person such as ballot drop-off boxes and prepaid postage, conservative politicians are apprehensive this could lead to fraudulent voting.
The email went on to say “While it is certainly possible to vote absentee by mail, if you decide to do so, file as soon as you can to avoid the risk of someone trying to cast your vote as if they were you. Hopefully, any double requests will be caught, but that might happen.”
The senator also addressed a proposed change on the ballot change the state constitution to require a bipartisan group draw district lines ten years after every census is taken. Although Republicans have a stronger reputation for gerrymandering, Ruff accused Democrats of trying to control the redistricting process.
“Some Democrats decided that they could do a better job of redistricting than a bipartisan group.” said the email. “If one chooses to believe that, they need to look no further than the Fifteenth Senate District, which the Democrats drew.”
Virginia’s 15th district stretches from across the James River from Jamestown to the Franklin and Henry county lines to the west. It includes parts of Brunswick, Campbell, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Pittsylvania and Prince George Counties.
The email stated that “I encourage every voter to consider this issue and vote. My belief is that bi-partisan redistricting would be a good and positive direction for Virginia.”