Voter identification; accepted forms of identification. (HB1462)

Introduced By

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter identification; accepted forms of identification. Adds to the list of acceptable forms of voter identification a valid student photo identification card issued by any institution of higher education located in any other state or territory of the United States. Current law allows students from any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth to use their student photo identification cards for purposes of voting. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/06/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100898D
12/06/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/10/2017Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1462)
01/17/2017Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/08/2017Left in Privileges and Elections


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that expands the list of acceptable, valid photo IDs that voters may present to cast a ballot. This legislation allows for increased participation in elections and democracy. The ACLU of Virginia continues to oppose the voter photo ID law.

Brad Hemp writes:

I'm in favor of this bill. Accepting a photo ID from a VA school, but not accepting a school ID from outside the state is an arbitrary distinction. If the intent of the state voter ID law is meant to prevent in person voter fraud then both types of ID achieve this purpose equally well.