Voter identification; an unexpired Virginia driver's license remains valid at polls, etc. (HB83)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Elections; voting procedures; and voter identification. Provides that an unexpired Virginia driver's license remains valid for purposes of voter identification at the polls notwithstanding the fact that it has been suspended or revoked under certain circumstances. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/10/2013Committee
12/10/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100941D
12/10/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/10/2014Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
01/22/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB83)
01/23/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB83)
01/24/2014Tabled in Privileges and Elections

Comments

ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia opposes the voter ID requirement; however, the suspension or revocation of a driver's license should not prohibit an individual from casting a vote.

Kimberly H. Becker writes:

Something we experienced while working the polls in the 2008 presidential election was one name voting twice.
Here is what happened and could potentially happen if voters are allowed to use either a driver's license or voter registration card. A voter came in with a driver's license as his ID. He was marked as having already voted. The head of our precinct allowed him to vote. How did she know that someone had not come in previously with this man's registration card, thus allowing him to vote twice. I'm sure this could have been perpetrated many, many times at many precincts.
This is my concern about allowing an either/or ID.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

How did she know that someone had not come in previously with this man's registration card, thus allowing him to vote twice.

The scenario that you're describing is unaffected by allowing dual IDs. If the guy wants to give somebody else his voter card, he can give it to somebody 2 minutes after he walks out. A driver's license, if anything, is better—it's got a photo on it.

Anyhow, that's neither here nor there—this law simply establishes that a suspended license may be used as valid ID. Licenses may already be used as valid ID.