Several Republican-backed bills that would have tightened rules around voting in Virginia were killed Tuesday by a committee led by Democrats in the state Senate.
While Republicans have a majority in the House of Delegates, Virginia’s Senate is controlled by Democrats who argued that Republicans were trying to restrict voting rights.
Among the pieces of legislation voted down in the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee was an effort to reinstate a requirement that voters show a photo ID before casting a ballot.
A photo ID rule was eliminated in 2020 by Democrats who then controlled the House, Senate and the governor’s office.
Under current law, voters must show an acceptable form of ID or sign an affidavit stating that they are who they claim to be. Anyone who lies on the affidavit is subject to a felony.
“Voters arriving at the polls without an acceptable form of ID will be required to either sign an ID Confirmation Statement or vote a provisional ballot,” according to the Virginia Department of Elections. “If a voter votes a provisional ballot, they will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality’s electoral board or sign an ID Confirmation Statement in order for their provisional ballot to be counted.”
Acceptable forms of ID can include bank statements, paychecks or utility bills.
Earlier in the legislative session, Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain claimed that reinstating a voter ID law would promote confidence in the integrity of the state’s elections system.
“There are people out there who believe that there are big gaping holes in our system,” Obenshain said. “This just is a common-sense way to address those concerns.”
Other Republican-backed bills killed in the Senate committee Tuesday would have banned ballot drop boxes, repealed same-day voter registration legislation and limited in-person early voting to no more than two weeks before an election. Currently, voters have 45 days to cast a ballot early.
“Two weeks is plenty for anyone to vote,” argued Republican Sen. Mark Peake.
Following the committee meeting, Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw issued a statement saying that killing the bills “signifies Senate Democrats’ resolve to a fair and free democracy.”
After electing a Republican governor—now this?
“While Republicans have a majority in the House of Delegates, Virginia’s Senate is controlled by Democrats who argued that Republicans were trying to restrict voting rights.” Looks like we still have work to do.
Democrats need to explain to the sane voters of Virginia, how having to present a proper ID restricts ANYONE’s voting rights or ability to vote, other than criminals who seek to cancel valid votes with invalid stolen ones? Just how is this racial in any way unless you yourself actually believe that people of color are too incompetent or corrupt to obtain a proper government ID. Just why would any person of color vote for people who deem them so inferior?
MAYBE the governor should do like Biden, and say “TO HECK with the dunces in the senate.. I AM SIGNING THIS INTO LAW period!”
Democrats who argued that Republicans were trying to restrict voting rights.
Democrats claim Republicans tried to restrict voting rights for the dead, illegal immigrants and the right for Democrats to vote multiple times.
THE DEAD and illegals, HAVE NO RIGHT to vote.. SO HOW can any bill, to clear up voting rolls, be ‘infringing on their rights’??? OR ARE THEY FINALLY admitting to voter fraud, by VOTING FOR THE DEAD and letting illegal invaders vote??
“Under current law, voters must show an acceptable form of ID or sign an affidavit stating that they are who they claim to be. Anyone who lies on the affidavit is subject to a felony”
Does anyone think this affidavit “felony” statement will keep any illegal invader from signing it just so they can vote for those that got them here while already making them felons (those who been deported before and are here again). Just like any criminal, one more crime does not matter. Those who are illegal invaders who commit this felony should be subject to immediate deportation, no excuses of any kind.
AND THE senator/rep, who LET THOSE illegals vote, should be STRIPPED OF THEIR citizenship, and exiled.
Are people who are brown skinned or black skinned too dumb to get an ID, communist Democrats?
TO dems, yes they are..
demoncrats do not want any thing thats gonna upset there lyin cheating and stealing abilities.