Earlier today the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Virginia’s Voter ID law with a vote of 3-0. The court ruled,
“Not only does the substance of SB 1256 not impose an undue burden on minority voting, there was no evidence to suggest racially discriminatory intent in the law’s enactment,”
Democrats tried to argue that the law was a deterrent to young and minority voters. They argued that it was like the North Carolina voter ID law which has been overturned. However the court said the Virginia law was in ‘no way akin’ to the North Carolina law and in no way discriminated against African Americans.
In a statement today Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell said,
“I am pleased that Virginia’s photo ID law was upheld today in a 3-0 appeals court ruling. Today’s ruling is a victory for a commonsense law that protects the integrity of Virginia’s elections. Earlier this year, we saw multiple cases of voter fraud throughout the Commonwealth. This law was carefully crafted to provide an extra layer of protection to ensure the sanctity of the ballot box.”
Today’s ruling is a victory for a common-sense law that protects the integrity of Virginia’s elections,”