Earlier today a House subcommittee killed a bill backed by Governor McAuliffe that would have repealed the Virginia Voter ID law. They also shot down other Democrat election bills that would have expanded early voting and the use of various other forms of ID to vote, such as out of state college ID’s.
A Republican bill to require a copy of an ID when applying for an absentee ballot, and when sending in an absentee ballot, passed the committee.
Earlier McAuliffe addressed the general assembly:
“When it was passed, our photo ID law made it significantly harder for many Virginians to vote, without any evidence that voter fraud is a problem in Virginia,”
Republicans were quick to point out recent voter fraud attempts in Alexandria and Harrisonburg,
“To say there’s no voter fraud is either being willfully ignorant or being naive,” said Del. Mark L. Cole, R-Spotsylvania, who chairs the House Privileges and Elections Committee.
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