RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Virginia has expanded access to voting.
Governor Ralph Northam announced on Sunday, April 12, 2020, that he has signed bills into laws repealing Virginia's voter ID law, makes Election Day a statewide holiday and expands access to early voting.
“Voting is a fundamental right, and these new laws strengthen our democracy by making it easier to cast a ballot, not harder,” said Governor Northam. “No matter who you are or where you live in Virginia, your voice deserves to be heard. I’m proud to sign these bills into law.”
Northam signed these bills:
We need more access to the ballot box, not less,” said Senator Louise Lucas. “I am so proud to be a part of new laws that expand access to voting and make our Commonwealth more representative of the people we serve. Today is a historic day.”
House Majority Leader Charniele Herring said that democracy relies on access to the ballot.
“Our democracy relies on equal access to the ballot box,” said Herring. “I’m grateful to the Governor for his partnership in breaking down barriers to voting, and ensuring all Virginians have the opportunity to exercise this fundamental right.”
“Virginia’s photo ID law was designed to make it more difficult to vote,” added Delegate Joe Lindsey. “It is past time we repealed this law, and I’m grateful to the Governor for helping us get it done.”
Northam has also signed other bills into law on Sunday, April 12, 2020, including an extensive criminal justice reform package that raises the felony larceny threshold; permanently eliminating driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fines, fees, and court costs; raises the age of juvenile transfer to adult court, and reforms parole.
On Saturday, Northam signed the Virginia Values Act that protects the LGBTQ community against discrimination in housing, employment, public spaces, and credit applications.
He also signed bills that repeal racist and discriminatory language from Virginia’s Acts of Assembly, give localities the ability to remove or alter Confederate monuments in their communities and begin the process of replacing Virginia’s statue of Confederal General Robert E. Lee in the United States Capitol.