Voter identification; identification containing a photograph required. (HB24)

Introduced By

Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Del. Phil Scott (R-Spotsylvania)

Progress

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

Description

Voter identification; identification containing a photograph required. Requires presentation of a form of identification containing a photograph in order to vote. The bill repeals the provisions of law permitting a voter who does not have one of the required forms of identification to vote after signing a statement, subject to felony penalties for false statements, that he is the named registered voter he claims to be. Instead, the bill provides that such voter is entitled to cast a provisional ballot. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/27/2021Committee
12/27/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100435D
12/27/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB24)
01/24/2022Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
01/28/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB24)
02/15/2022Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

Ian Springer-Woods writes:

Let me get this straight: We just had one of the safest, fairest elections in VA history, where the ballot was easily accessible to everyone, and the Republicans ended up winning many seats. Why is one of the first things that Republicans do to immediately try to restrict voting? There is no evidence that this legislation solves any problems besides the problem of it being possible for Republicans to later be voted out.

Robert Legge writes:

Kind of says a lot about Republicans that they are afraid of too many people voting.

Timothy L Irwin writes:

I have to show ID to buy alcohol, cigarettes and even donate blood! I truly believe it is absolutely necessary for an individual to show a photo ID before voting! The probability of voter fraud goes up exponentially when one can just put a ballot in the mail with anyone's name on it and what's to prevent them from doing this multiple times? Photo ID is a must.

Tim Irwin
Springfield

Bobby Jackson writes:

Wholeheartedly agree with Timothy Irwin. Photo ID for voting has bipartisan support across the country! And no, it's not racist. It's a common-sense precaution against voter fraud, folks.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

In Virginia, more people get struck by lightning each year than commit voter fraud. Photo ID used to be required, and we dropped the requirement because it was bad and useless. If you think the risk of a non-existent thing is a serious issue, I would like you sell you an insurance policy for alien abduction.

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