Voter identification; accepted forms of identification. (SB922)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)

Progress

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

Description

Voter identification; accepted forms of identification. Adds to the list of accepted forms of identification for purposes of voting a valid identification card that contains a photograph of the voter and is issued by any private entity that is licensed or certified, in whole or in part, by the State Department of Health, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Medical Assistance Services, or the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. An employee of any such private entity is currently permitted to use his employee identification card, provided the card contains a photograph of the voter, for purposes of voting. The bill allows a resident or other person who receives services from such private entity to use a valid identification card, provided the card contains a photograph of the voter, issued by the private entity. Amends § 24.2-643, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102254D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/19/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB922)
01/22/2015Assigned to P&E sub: Elections
01/28/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB922)
02/03/2015Failed to report (defeated) in Privileges and Elections (7-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

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.