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Senate: No to ballot loyalty

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Members of the state Senate passed legislation to prevent a political party from requiring likely voters to sign a party loyalty oath in order to cast a ballot. The measure comes in response to the Republican Party of Virginia’s inquiry to have had GOP voters declare an oath to the party on March 1, primary day.

SB686 was sponsored by Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City).

Many feel the oath places voters in a tricky situation. Should they decide to break their voting pattern, they would in turn violate the oath bestowed by the party.

After the 34-5 passage in the Senate, the proposal moves to the House for consideration.

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