McAullife vetoes bill that would require photo ID for absentee voters
RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) - Governor McAullife has vetoed a bill that would have required voters to submit photo ID when requesting a physical absentee ballot.
According to McAullife, HB 1428 is "substantively unchanged" from a bill he vetoed in 2015.
"The right to vote is a fundamental tenet of our democracy, and we should be doing all we can to facilitate eligible citizens' access to the ballot. This bill would undoubtedly result in the disenfranchisement of qualified eligible Virginian voters and increase the potential for costly and time-consuming litigation," McAullife said in a press release.
He says the photo ID requirement would not deter voter fraud since "it provides no means of verifying the identity of the individual depicted in the submitted photograph."