Virginia sees passage of nation's newest voter ID laws

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March 31, 2013


By Eric Veram

RICHMOND, Virginia: On Tuesday, March 26, Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law the country's newest voter ID legislation. The new law requires voters to present photo identification when they cast their ballot. The law may be fully implemented by 2014 but only if the U.S. Department of Justice approves it. This is required under the Voting Rights Act as extra protection for minority voting rights in states with a history of discrimination. This very provision is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court and the new Virginia law may get a pass if the Court strikes it down. Critics say that the new law will only exacerbate the election day problems Virginia had in 2012 when some citizen had wait up to seven hours to cast their ballot.[1]

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