Voter identification; accepted forms of identification. (HB1653)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patrons Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter identification; accepted forms of identification. Adds to the list of accepted forms of identification for purposes of voting valid student photo identification cards issued by any private school located in the Commonwealth. Students of public high schools are currently permitted to use their student photo identification cards for purposes of voting because current law allows the use of photo identification issued by the Commonwealth or one of its political subdivisions. Current law also allows students from both public and private institutions of higher education located in the Commonwealth to use their student photo identification cards for purposes of voting. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101011D
01/09/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2015Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/19/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1653)
01/28/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1653)
01/29/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/30/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2015Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/04/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/04/2015Reported from Appropriations with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/09/2015Engrossed by House as amended HB1653E
02/09/2015Printed as engrossed 15101011D-E
02/10/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1653E)
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House (84-Y 16-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (84-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/17/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections (10-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Passed by for the day (0-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Read third time
02/20/2015Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1653ER)
02/25/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1653ER)
02/25/2015Signed by Speaker
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/26/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/23/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 571 (effective 1/2/16)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0571)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that promotes increased access to the polls for individuals to exercise their constitutional right to vote. The ACLU of Virginia opposes voter ID laws because they are a misguided step backwards in our democracy. Lawmakers should repeal Virginia's voter ID law. Alternatively, lawmakers should expand the list of acceptable IDs to vote.