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Why I Voted Republican This Election

There is no other choice

This post is adapted from a letter to the editor I wrote to my local newspaper. Since space was wanting and it was not printed, here it is:

There was passed by the Virginia General Assembly in the unnecessarily long Special Session I of 2020 a bill that has to rank among one of the silliest – and dangerous to the public – laws in at least Virginia history. 

It was HB 5058.  It effectively prohibits the enforcement of certain traffic laws such as defective lighting on vehicles.  Now a deputy sheriff cannot legally stop a driver for a bad tail light, or bad brake light, or a number of other defective equipment prohibited by law.  The original bill that passed the Virginia General Assembly even prohibited stopping a vehicle for bad headlights!  But the governor amended it (Governor Northam should have vetoed it in its entirety) to allow a stop of a vehicle for bad headlights if at night.  We should all be thankful!

This bill can affect public safety on the highways.  Dangerous vehicles are out and now drivers will have to be more vigilant.

In 2021, a delegate introduced a bill to repeal or substantially alter this silly, dangerous law.  It was Del. Scott Wyatt.  His bill was defeated in subcommittee.  (One of the delegates to vote to repeal this silly law is named Jason Miyares.) 

Elections matter.  Voting matters.  This is not the only silly bill voted in by the Democratic majority in Richmond.  HB 5055 requires police agencies (thankfully not sheriffs) to have a civilian review board to investigate police misconduct.  I favor the idea personally.  Police should be accountable.  But there was NO requirement for retired or former law enforcement officers who left in good standing to be on that board.  A civilian review board can be packed with anti-police activists now. 

We need to pray and vote in this election.  Yes, Delegates Wyatt and Buddy Fowler as well.  But also the three statewide GOP candidates.  Former Delegate Winsome Sears’s opponent, Del. Hala Ayala, for example, voted for BOTH of the silly, dangerous laws cited in this letter.  If we had had a Republican governor in 2020, some of these bills would have been vetoed. 

I do have some concerns about Glenn Youngkin.  But I do think he brings a fresh face to politics.  I think he is tried so far to be positive in his campaign.  So I voted early:  Youngkin for Governor, Sears for LG and Miyares of AG in this election as well as Del. Wyatt.  I urge others to vote the same.  Elections count. 

Elwood Earl “Sandy” Sanders, Jr.

Be blessed in Jesus and cast a righteous vote this election! The Commonwealth and nation relies on it.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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