January 28, 2013
Official Fiscal Impact Statement Vastly Underestimates Cost
A proposal to use an online federal system to verify the citizenship status of individuals on the state’s voter rolls could cost Virginia between $351,000 and $3.5 million in the first year and could end up denying U.S. citizens the right to vote. But a state fiscal impact statement accompanying the bill – SB1077 – says it won’t cost anything. What’s more, the program doesn’t do what the bill suggests.