Governor Bob McDonnell Signs Voter ID Bills, Sb1 and Hb9 Into Law

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BREAKING NEWS: Governor Directs State Board of Elections to Send Every Virginia Voter a Free Voter Card Between Now and Election Day

Ensures All Virginia Voters Will Have ID to Vote in November

Governor: “We will be sending every voter in Virginia a free voter card between now and Election Day to ensure they have at least one form of ID to bring with them to the polls. On Election Day this year, every Virginia voter will have at least one valid ID.”

Governor’s Executive Order is Available Here

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell signed today legislation that the General Assembly sent him that will expand the forms of acceptable identification for voting, and change the procedure when someone votes without presenting identification, requiring them to vote provisionally and later present an approved ID to their local registrar through email, fax, mail, or hand delivery. Governor McDonnell also issued an executive order today directing the State Board of Elections to take a number of steps to implement this legislation. Among other things, the executive order directs the State Board of Elections to send every Virginia voter a voter card, a valid form of ID under state law, before Election Day, so that every registered Virginia voter has a valid ID to present at the polls.

Virginia’s Voter ID law has been in place since 2000. This legislation only deals with individuals who do not bring an approved form of ID with them to the polls when voting.

Under this legislation and existing law, the following are acceptable forms of ID for voting:

  • Virginia voter registration card
  • Social Security card
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license
  • Any other identification card issued by an agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
  • Any valid student identification card issued by a Virginia institution of higher education
  • A valid identification card issued by an employer containing a photograph of the voter
  • A copy of a current utility bill
  • A copy of a bank statement
  • A government check
  • A paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter.

READ MORE  at www.governor.virginia.gov

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