Youngkin revealed his intentions to appoint a new election commissioner in January during an interview with conservative radio host John Fredericks.
“The Department of Elections, we know there’s a number, Gov. Youngkin, of partisan, left-wing nonprofits that have deeply infiltrated the Department of Elections in Virginia,” Fredericks said on his show. “I’m not a fan of Commissioner Piper as you know. Do you have any plans to clean house in there?”
The governor told Fredericks the short answer was “yes” but then shared his view that the state’s Department of Elections should be “nonpolitical and independent” and expressed support for restoring Virginia’s photo ID law.
“These are the kinds of things that we’re pressing to get through our legislature. It’s going to be hard and so we’re going to have to make sure the leadership that’s in the Department of Elections is leadership that is looking out for the integrity of the election process and not trying to be political.”