Virginia creates task force to uphold election laws

Virginia is getting ready to launch a new task force that is tasked with upholding the state’s election laws. 

The initiative is being led by Virginia’s Attorney General, Jason Miyares (R). His office announced the new task force, which is being called the Election Integrity Unit, in a press statement released on Friday.

“I pledged during the 2021 campaign to work to increase transparency and strengthen confidence in our state elections,” Miyares said. “It should be easy to vote, and hard to cheat.”

“The Election Integrity Unit will work to help to restore confidence in our democratic process in the Commonwealth,” he added.

Specifics

In the press statement, Miyares’s office provides some insight into what exactly this Election Integrity Unit will be tasked with doing.

According to Miyares’s office, “the purpose of the unit is to provide advice, support, and resources to ensure that Virginia election law continues to be applied in a uniform manner, and increase confidence in our state elections.”

Miyares’s office goes on to provide some more specific details.

“This unit will provide legal advice to the Department of Elections, investigate and prosecute violations of Virginia election law, work with the election community throughout the year to ensure uniformity and legality in the application of election laws, and work with law enforcement to ensure legality and purity in elections,” the statement reads.

Background

Republican-led states have been taking steps such as this to ensure election integrity and thus restore confidence in elections following the 2020 elections. Virginia is one of the leading states in this regard, along with Florida.

Miyares’s office, just recently, charged a former Virginia election official with corruption and with making false statements related to the 2020 election.

Just the News reports:

Ex-Prince William County voter registrar Michele White is charged with two felony counts alleging corrupt conduct as an election official and making a false statement, and one misdemeanor charge of willful neglect of duty by an elected official.

More specifics on the situation, including White’s alleged criminal conduct, have yet to be provided. But, it’s clear that Miyares and Virginia are taking election integrity seriously.

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