Virginia’s Republican-controlled House of Delegates passed a measure on Wednesday that would restrict voters without valid identification to casting only a provisional ballot at the polls. Under current state law, voters without proper ID may still vote using an official ballot after signing a sworn statement that they are who they claim to be. Giving a false statement is a felony offense.The measure approved 69-30 by House lawmakers dictates that those votes would be counted only after verification of the voter’s identity. The legislation now moves to the state Senate for consideration.
A spokesman for Republican Governor Bob McDonnell did not indicate Wednesday where the governor stands on the voter ID issue. “He will review those bills if/when they pass the General Assembly and are sent to his desk,” spokesman Jeff Caldwell told Reuters in an email.