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SB 1256 - Requires Photo Identification for Voting - Key Vote

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Patrick Hope voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Requires Photo Identification for Voting

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (65-34) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Photo Identification for Voting

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires photo identification prior to voting, effective July 1, 2014.

Highlights:
  • Requires individuals to present a valid form of photo identification prior to voting, whereas current law permits certain forms of identification without a photograph of the voter (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the following forms of photo identification to be used prior to voting (Sec. 1):
    • A valid Virginia driver’s license;
    • A valid U.S. passport; 
    • A valid student identification card issued by a Virginia institution of higher learning containing a photograph of the voter;
    • A valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter; or
    • Any other form of photo identification issued by Virginia or the United States.
  • Requires the State Board to provide individuals who do not have an authorized form of photo identification a free voter registration card containing the individual’s photograph and signature (Sec. 1). 
  • Specifies that the provisions of this bill shall not take effect until funds for this act are appropriated by the 2013 Session of the General Assembly (Sec. 3).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (20-20) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Photo Identification for Voting

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires photo identification prior to voting, effective July 1, 2014.

Highlights:
  • Requires individuals to present a valid form of photo identification prior to voting, whereas current law permits certain forms of identification without a photograph of the voter (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the following forms of photo identification to be used prior to voting (Sec. 1):
    • A valid Virginia driver’s license;
    • A valid U.S. passport; 
    • A valid student identification card issued by a Virginia institution of higher learning containing a photograph of the voter;
    • A valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter; or
    • Any other form of photo identification issued by Virginia or the United States.
  • Requires the State Board to provide individuals who do not have an authorized form of photo identification a free voter registration card containing the individual’s photograph and signature (Sec. 1). 
  • Specifies that the provisions of this bill shall not take effect until funds for this act are appropriated by the 2013 Session of the General Assembly (Sec. 3).

 

Note:

NOTE: THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CAST A TIE-BREAKING VOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Requires Photo Identification for Voting

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