Voter identification; accepted forms of identification. (SB826)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


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 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 that 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 issued by the private entity, provided that the card contains a photograph of the voter. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/09/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100200D
11/09/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB826)
01/24/2017Failed to report (defeated) in Privileges and Elections (6-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB69 and HB1953.


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.

JoAnne Norton writes:

Very definitely we need expansion of acceptable ids