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Virginia governor signs voter ID bill into law

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May 31, 2012


RICHMOND, Virginia: On Friday, May 18, Governor Robert McDonnell signed a new bill into law requiring voters to present ID when voting. The bill was primarily backed by Republicans in the legislature, however, Gov. McDonnell did sign some measures alongside the bill in an appeal to opponents. The auxiliary measures increase the types of ID acceptable at polling places, including utility bills and Virginia student ID cards. The bill is part of an ongoing debate over the possibility of voter fraud in the state, something Gov. McDonnell made reference to in his released statement concerning the law: "Every qualified citizen has the right to cast one vote. Not two votes; not zero votes." State Senator Chap Petersen sees the situation differently, however, saying, "The ‘voter identification’ bills are a solution in search of a problem."[1]

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