Voter ID laws go into effect in Virginia
By Eric Veram
RICHMOND, Virginia: On Sunday, July 1, the laws passed by the 2012 General Assembly went into effect. From the list of occasionally controversial legislation, at least one new law will directly affect voters by enacting tighter voter identification requirements. Under the new law voters lacking proper identification are required to cast provisional ballot which are then only counted if the voter later presents valid ID to local election officials. The old law allowed voters without proper ID to cast regular ballots after signing affidavits affirming their identity.