Virginia – -(Ammoland.com)- Virginia Citizens Defense League's 2018 General Assembly Voting Record is now on the VCDL web site! This annual report lets you see how your Delegate and Senator performed in supporting your right to keep and bear arms.
There are two listings for the House and two for the Senate. One is in alphabetical order by name and the other is sorted by pro-rights voting score, from best to worst.
The 2018 winners this year were:
1st place: Senator Carrico
2nd place: Senator Dunnavant
3rd Place (tie): Senators Newman, Ruff, Vogel, and Wagner
1st place: Delegate Webert
2nd place (tie): Delegates Freitas and Wright
3rd place (tie): Delegates Head and Rush
- Votes are graded using a point system: 1 point for voting for a bill that VCDL SUPPORTS, 2 points for a STRONGLY SUPPORTS, -1 point for OPPOSE, and -2 points for a STRONGLY OPPOSE.
- Besides his actual votes on the House Floor, the Speaker gets positive points for any anti-rights bills that don't make it to the House Floor for an up or down vote and for any pro-rights bills that do. He gets negative points for any pro-rights bills that don't make it to the House Floor for an up or down vote and for any anti-rights bills that do.
- Besides their actual votes, committee chairs get positive points for any anti-rights bills that are pocket vetoed. They get negative points for any pro-rights bills that are pocket vetoed.
- The number of votes cast are taken into account. Someone who has voted perfectly with 64 points will be in front of someone who also voted perfectly, but only had 60 points. For example, if it weren't for one bad vote, Delegate Fariss would have been in 1st place. Because there were 32 100%- scores in the House, Delegate Fariss ended up 33rd from the top with a 98% score! Delegate Cline also had only one bad vote, but with far fewer chances to vote than Fariss, he came in 34th from the top with a 91% score. A similar situation existed in the Senate, where Senator Obehshain could have easily been in 1st place, but for one bad vote that gave him a 96% score, putting him in position 12 from the top.
Delegate Webert had the same exact voting record as both Delegates Freitas and Wright, but took first place by ONE point because he introduced a pro-rights bill that Virginia Citizens Defense League “supported,” while Freitas and Wright did not.
- Republicans dominated the pro-rights votes. The highest score for a Democrat in the Senate was Senator Lewis with a 33% score, making him 22nd from the top. In the House, the best Democrat score was Delegate Filler-Corn with 33%, making her 46th from the top.
- This was an unusual year as many legislators only got to vote on one or two bills that made it to the Floor. Hence you will see some surprising zero scores when a legislator had one chance to vote correctly on a gun bill and blew it.
- Detailed information on how the scores are calculated, as well as the actual scoring of each legislator's vote, is included in the voting record document.
The 2018 General Assembly Voting Record can be found either by going to the VCDL web site, and clicking on the “VA Politics” menu, then selecting “Voting Records” and, finally, clicking on “2018”
Or you can click here: https://vcdl.org/resources/pdf/General_Assembly_Voting_Record_for_2018.pdf
About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):
Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.
For more information, visit: www.vcdl.org.