Voter ID Does Not Apply to Today’s Virginia Primary

RICHMOND, VA – While much has been made of Virginia’s recently enacted Voter ID law, the new law does not apply to today’s primary.

The State Board of Elections issued a reminder in response to a news item, posted on a Richmond-area television station’s Web site, that reported incorrectly that the law would apply to the primary.

“Rumor Buster,” read the title on the board’s news release, which noted that the news item also stated incorrectly that the new law requires voters to provide a photo identification. A photo ID will not be required even when the law takes effect.

The law, which takes effect on July 1, will apply for those voting in Virginia’s general election on November 6th:

voters will be required to show one of the following: a state voter registration card; a Social Security card; a valid Virginia driver’s license; other state, local or federal identification; a valid student identification card issued by a Virginia institution of higher learning; a valid employee identification card; a current utility bill; a current bank statement; a current government check; a paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter; or a concealed-handgun permit.

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