SB 364 arrives as Democrats push the narrative that conservatives are a threat to democracy at large and election workers in particular.

With a government that colludes with social media platforms to suppress Americans’ speech and targets conservatives as “domestic terrorists,” election volunteers are not laughing off the possibility of such retaliation.

Senate Bill 364, which is working its way through Virginia’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly and is set to be heard in subcommittee Monday morning, would take existing criminal statutes that protect Virginians from assault, battery, or damage to property, create a protected class for election officials, and call the same offenses “hate crimes.”

Anyone convicted of such offenses against election officials would be added to the Virginia State Police “hate crime” database.