Voter identification; accepted forms of identification, out-of-state student identification card. (HB213)

Introduced By

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter identification; accepted forms of identification; student identification card issued by out-of-state institution of higher education. 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 Passed


12/27/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101656D
12/27/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2020Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB213)
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (57-Y 41-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (57-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/18/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Passed by for the day
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Passed Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB213ER)
02/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB213ER)
02/27/2020Signed by Speaker
02/27/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 6, 2020
03/06/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 6, 2020
03/06/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1154 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1154)


Michele N Schumacher writes:

I am opposed to allowing a student ID to be used as voter identification. A student ID can be issued to any individual attending the university college or school whether that individual is here on a student visa from a foreign county or a "dreamer" both of which are not eligible to vote in this country. Without showing more this is not an adequate form voter identification.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Voter identification isn't what's used to register, it's what's used to prove the voter's identity after they have registered. Registration requires proof of citizenship. A non-citizen student will be unable to register to vote in the first place, so allowing the use of a student ID poses no risk here.

Ronald N Quasebarth writes:

Who will prove that this i.d. is valid, what if there is an incentive to create lots of fake college i.d.s? Who will be able to tell? Who will care. It's so simple to prove you're qualified and so simple to make it easier to cheat. Who will benefit from cheating?

Mike A writes:

This bill is unenforceable and tends to undermine the voting rights of valid in-state campus voters. It invites fraudulent voting in multiple states.