There is no mask mandate in effect in Virginia and no law requiring a mask while voting. So why are voters being told — on election day with no forewarning — that they must have a mask? In what appears to be a clear-cut act of discrimination, VA poll workers won’t let people vote without masks. Deemocrats are desperate and, according to reports, are pulling out all the stops to cheat.
Not only is Virginia allowing absentee and mail-in ballots that violate the law, but poll workers are stopping people who don’t have masks on — even if they are vaccinated — from practicing a right that is guaranteed by the Constitution.
“There have been several reports from voters who say they were told by poll workers that they are required to wear a mask in order to vote,” the Virginia GOP tweeted. “To be clear, if someone is not wearing a face covering they may NOT be turned away or refused their right to vote.”
“Masks are NOT required to vote,” they tweeted. “There is no mask mandate in Virginia.” Mark Hemingway, a writer at RealClearInvestigations, revealed a text he received about the situation:
The Washington Examiner reports that American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp was directly told voters can’t cast ballots if they aren’t wearing masks:
American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp claimed he was personally told voters would be turned away if they did not wear a mask to the polls. Schlapp told the Washington Examiner he voted at George Mason Elementary School.
Chris Piper, an elections commissioner for Virginia, previously informed election workers during a virtual meeting in October 2020, right before the 2020 presidential election, voters could not be turned away without a mask or even if they appear to be sick, according to the Virginia Mercury.
Schlapp told the Washington Examiner he “couldn’t enter the school” unless he wore a mask.
A spokesman from the Virginia Department of Elections confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Schlapp had been at the polling place earlier, put on a mask, and voted.
The problem is so bad that the Virginia election commissioner was forced to remind poll workers that they can’t choose to impose a mask mandate because they feel like it.
This is disgusting, but not surprising. Democrats have used the pandemic to manipulate the vote before and they will do it again. This is why we need measures in place to explicitly protect the right to vote. It’s not too late to fix things.