Voters In Virginia May No Longer Need To Carry Photo IDs

WAMU,  February 5, 2020

"Voters in Virginia may no longer have to carry a photo ID with them when they go to the polls.

On Tuesday, the Virginia state Senate voted 21-19 to pass a bill from Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) that would repeal current voter ID requirements.

If enacted, voters in Virginia could present any government document containing their name and address — such as a copy of a current utility bill, government check or a paycheck — to a polling officer. In 2012, the then Republican-controlled state legislature passed a bill that requires Virginians to show a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or a U.S. passport, when they went to vote. Virginians without a photo ID are given a provisional ballot, which requires extra steps in order to be counted.

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A similar bill in the House cleared a subcommittee on Tuesday."

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