Virginia House votes to remove photo ID requirement for voting

WHSV,  February 11, 2020

"Virginia's House of Delegates has passed a bill that would remove Virginia's requirement to show a photo ID in order to vote.

House Bill 19 passed on a 57-43 vote on Feb. 11, which is known as 'Crossover Day' – the final day for any proposed bills to make it out of the chamber (Senate or House of Delegates) where the bill was introduced.

Under the proposed change in law, Virginia voting requirements would revert to a similar standard as in the years before the photo ID law was signed by former Governor Bob McDonnell.

Voters would be able to show voter registration documents, bank statements, paychecks or any government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

Voters who do not show valid identification when signing in to vote would be required to sign a sworn affidavit stating that they are who they claim to be. The signed statement subjects the person to Class 5 felony penalties if the statement is false.

A voter who doesn't show photo ID or sign the statement can be given a provisional ballot.

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The bill now advances to the Virginia Senate, where Democrats have narrower control. If it passes in the Senate, Gov. Ralph Northam has already expressed support for signing the bill into law."

 

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