Voter identification; identification containing a photograph required to vote. (SB118)

Introduced By

Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian) with support from co-patron Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


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. The bill requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide voter photo identification cards containing the voter's photograph and signature free of charge to those voters who do not have another valid form of identification. Read the Bill »


01/18/2022: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/07/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101447D
01/07/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/18/2022Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (SB127-Obenshain) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Dianne Rencsok writes:

In the previous language of this statute there were references such that an individual had the option of "signing a statement…that he is the named registered voter he claims to be". All those references are struck out. My concern is what alternate method is available to a disadvantaged person to validate identity.

How does someone acquire a photo ID if they have no previous such? Do they take a birth certificate and a witness with them to assert who they are? What if any birth certificate they had was lost in a move or an eviction. Do they need some proof of address? What if they are living with relatives and there is no document with their name (rent, utilities, etc in the name of the primary family member)? The presence of a photo ID seems like an obvious positive, but how do they get one if they don't have one? My daughter had to sign a verification document when she took my granddaughter to get her learner's permit. There are many people who have never had a vehicle or a driver's license. What system could be put in place to assure that there was a valid procedure for obtaining a photo ID?