Voter identification; accepted forms of identification, private entities licensed or certified. (HB26)

Introduced By

Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter identification; accepted forms of identification; private entities licensed or certified by certain state agencies. 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 Department of Health, Department of Social Services, Department of Medical Assistance Services, or Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/18/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100205D
12/18/2023Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/16/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB26)
01/26/2024Assigned P & E sub: Election Administration
01/29/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
02/02/2024Reported from Privileges and Elections (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Passed by for the day
02/08/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/09/2024Read third time and passed House (85-Y 11-N)
02/09/2024VOTE: Passage (85-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2024Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/20/2024Reported from Privileges and Elections (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Read third time
02/23/2024Passed Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB26ER)
02/28/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB26ER)
02/28/2024Signed by Speaker
03/02/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto


WHP writes:

Guess what VA Dems? An ID card from the health department IS NOT the same as a driver's license. Why can Argentina count 25-30 million paper ballots in hours, while blue U.S. swing states take DAYS with machines? Don't you hate Millei? He can do something right that you can't though so maybe you need to rethink. It’s quite astonishing that the United States of America, one of the most powerful nations in the world, struggles to hold streamlined elections. We’ve gone from having election results on the same night or in the early hours to prolonged counts of sketchy ballots behind closed doors, with the winner remaining unknown for days on end. And these types of rinky-dink elections with long “third world” delays are being normalized, but it’s far from normal, and we all know it. This unacceptable stark contrast was glaringly obvious during the recent presidential election in Argentina, where they efficiently tallied 25 to 30 million paper ballots within hours. Meanwhile, certain blue districts in the United States, using machine ballots, take days to count a fraction of that number. Bring back hand counted ballots, ONE form of ID permitted and competent, neutral ballot watchers. Argentina: 25-30 million paper ballots
Maricopa (2020): 1.9 million ballots

Milwaukee (2020): 460k ballots

Detroit (2020): 250k ballots

Fulton (2020): 523k ballots

Explain to me how Argentina hand-counted all of their ballots in a few hours, but the big blue areas in our swing states take several days with machines?

Perhaps it’s worth considering the idea of outsourcing our elections to Argentina’s capable hands? That might ensure we learn the results within a day and alleviate concerns about cheating.

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