The future of a controversial voter ID bill is in serious doubt after a bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers rejected Gov. Bob McDonnell‘s proposed changes, daring McDonnell to accept their version of the legislation or veto it. In its current form, the bill requires anyone who forgets to bring proper identification to the polls to fill out a provisional ballot, which would not be counted unless the voter returns with proper ID or sends an electronic copy. McDonnell sought to weaken the bill by allowing election officials to compare the signature on the provisional ballot with a voter registration card on file. But both the House and Senate shot down McDonnell’s amendment during Wednesday’s veto session, leaving the Republican governor with a bill that creates an “unduly burden and barriers to your vote,” he said. McDonnell must now weigh whether to veto or sign a bill he considers “unreasonable.”
… Local registrars in Virginia lobbied lawmakers hard to override McDonnell’s changes because of the extra work it would have created for poll workers on already stressful election nights, and they found supporters on both sides of the aisle. Some Republicans also scoffed that McDonnell’s amendment weakened the bill. “Certainly we had concerns about it and the amount of time it was going to take and the questionable subjectivity it would put us in,” saidArlington County General Registrar Linda Lindberg.