The US Department of Veterans Affairs has denied a request by elections officials in 20 states to lift a ban on voter registration drives at federal VA centers. The new policy bans voter registration drives in VA hospitals, nursing homes and homeless shelters.
Connecticutâ€™s Secretary of State Susan Byciewicz wrote a letter earlier this month, signed by a bipartisan coalition of 20 elections officials, asking that the ban be overturned. She expressed outrage at the response by VA Secretary James Peake: "I think that Secretary Peake has deeply underestimated the fight that we will continue to wage to protect our veterans and to insure that they have the opportunity to register to vote."
In his letter, Secretary Peake said voter registration drives could disrupt operations at VA facilities.