The governor's race in Virginia is heating up, with Glenn Youngkin, once a big underdog in the relatively blue state, gaining more and more momentum. A recent poll, for example, showed the Republican actually leading Democrat Terry McAuliffe among likely voters.
Given the tendency for polls, especially state-level polls, to overstate Democrat standing, staying within striking distance is all Youngkin needs to do for the upset to be a serious possibility.
But if you were looking for more evidence that Democrats see Youngkin as a serious threat and are terrified he may win, look no further than this latest development out of heavily blue Fairfax County. This per The American Spectator.
VA Dems Want Last Minute Voting Rule Change
Voting in the governor’s race began weeks ago but now they want to move the goalpost.
— Tim Gradous (@tgradous) October 11, 2021
Virginia's gubernatorial contest between Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe clearly has supporters of the latter worried. Recent polls show a far tighter race than they expected. Consequently, it was all but inevitable that McAuliffe's allies would attempt to meddle with election laws using public health as a pretext. Sure enough, the Democrat-dominated Fairfax Board of Supervisors has asked Gov. Ralph Northam to waive the witness signature requirement that Virginia law stipulates for all absentee ballots. Board Chairman Jeffrey McKay insists that the waiver is necessary due to the threat of COVID-19, yet cases are declining.
The only Republican member of the board dissented, refusing to sign the letter asking Northam for the waiver. He cited the obvious points for his rejection, which are that 1) voting has already started and 2) that the signature requirement was passed into law for a reason, namely to ensure election integrity.
He's absolutely right. It would be absolutely insane to change the voting laws regarding absentee ballots after the election has already started. Of course, it's nonsense that there's this much early voting allowed in the first place, but that's a different discussion. Changing the rules of the game in the middle of the 4th quarter is the kind of move that will only destroy trust in our elections further. In this case, the request to waive the signature requirement is clearly a ploy by local Democrats to bolster returns in one of the state's more far-left counties, which could make the difference in the election.
Why do I say that? Because COVID cases have been dropping precipitously in Virginia. There is no sudden emergency denoting a necessary change in the way votes are cast at this late hour, not that any emergency would justify such at any point. Fairfax County, part of Northern Virginia's Democrat shift over the last decade, is an area that has helped turned formerly Republican Virginia into a blue bastion, stuffing their far-left politics down the throats of the rest of the state, which remains somewhat conservative.
Its also worth noting that this is the exact same tactic deployed during the 2020 election, where the witness signature requirement was waived in the name of COVID. That's probably not a coincidence. That makes Youngkin winning this race all the more important. These Democrats must be stopped before they do any further damage. If you are in Virginia, go vote. The higher the Republican turnout, the less effect underhanded games like this can have.