In an effort to remove barriers to voting, Governor Ralph Northam is proposing a repeal of the law that requires Virginians to show a photo ID when they vote. “Participation makes our democracy strong—we should encourage every eligible voter to exercise this fundamental right, rather than creating unnecessary barriers that make getting to the ballot box difficult,” said Governor Northam. The legislation will be patroned by Senator Mamie Locke and Delegate Kaye Kory. Kory said lawmakers should protect the constitutional right of every American citizen, not inventing ways to keep voters away from the polls. “The photo ID requirement prevents the most vulnerable Virginians from voting and silences the voices of those who most need to be heard,” said Kory.
Northam is also lending his support behind legislation to implement no-excuse absentee voting and legislation to reform campaign finance laws.
The no-excuse absentee voting proposal, patroned by Senator Mamie Locke and Delegate Charniele Herring, will help reduce lines on Election Day and expand access for more Virginians to exercise their right to vote.
“I am also hopeful we will be successful working together this session to increase the transparency of our elections for Virginians by imposing reasonable limitations on campaign contributions,” said Northam.
Legislation to reform campaign finance laws would limit large campaign contributions; ban direct contributions from corporations or businesses; and prohibit the personal use of campaign funds.
Legislation to limit large individual campaign contributions will be patroned by Senator Chap Petersen. The bill would cap campaign contributions at $10,000 per candidate over the course of a given primary and general election cycle.