Federal Judge Upholds Virginia Voter Photo ID Law
May 19, 2016
A federal judge on Thursday upheld Virginia’s 2013 law requiring voters to show a valid photo ID at the polls.
The Virginia Democratic Party sued state elections officials, saying the photo ID requirement unconstitutionally suppresses voting by blacks, Latinos and young people.
U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson wrote that the Democratic Party did not prove that the law violates the Voting Rights Act or several constitutional amendments, The Richmond Times Dispatch reports.
While agreeing that the merits of the voter ID law can be debated, Hudson wrote, “it remains true that Virginia has created a scheme of laws to accommodate all people in their right to vote. From in-person voting, to an absentee option, to provisional ballots with the ability to cure, and the provision of free voter IDs, Virginia has provided all of its citizens with an equal opportunity to participate in the electoral process.” (Read More)
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