Voters and voting; photo identification required to vote. (HB65)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; photo identification required to vote. Specifies that a voter must present a photo identification document issued by Virginia or the United States to vote and eliminates other alternatives now provided under Virginia law. This bill is patterned after the Indiana statute that is the subject of pending cases before the United States Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the requirement. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/07/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087619616
12/07/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/11/2008Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/24/2008Impact statement from ACLU of Virginia (HB65)
01/25/2008Continued to 2009 in Privileges and Elections


Greg Epps writes:

I always hear that this type of bill disenfranchises the poor and some supporters of this type of bill have been labeled 'racist'.
Can someone please explain that? I mean, don't 99 percent of people already have some form of photo ID?

Mary Steele writes:

This will not prevent voter fraud from those states, and transfers from those states, that have issued photo ID's and licenses without appropriate documentation.

Mary Steele
Yorktown VA

Star Womanspirit writes:

Too many elderly and poor don't have id...these are folks who can't afford cars, driver licenses there are lots of folks that don't have an i.d. It's true.

The major problem in America is getting folks to vote...some state allow folks to register to vote the day of the election...we need to make voting as easy as possible.