There are no reports of anyone ever signing an affidavit claiming they were another person in order to vote in Virginia. But that isn’t stopping Republican Virginia Del. Mark Cole from pushing legislation that would prevent such a scheme from taking place. His bill — which would make voters who lack an accepted form of identification cast provisional ballots — has passed the House. It’s raised the ire of Virginia Democrats who say it’s just one in a line of legislative measures proposed by Republicans in states across the country who are trying to suppress Democratic turnout.
But Cole told TPM this week that his legislation isn’t part of some grand conspiracy by, say, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). He said it’s a solution to a potential problem brought to his attention by members of a county election board
Members of the Stafford County Election Board, located in one of America’s richest counties, brought to Cole’s attention what he considered to be a loophole — that any number of voters could show up to the polls, sign an affidavit attesting to their identify and cast a ballot. “If 15 people come up and all of them sign affidavits and all of them vote, no way to retrieve the fraudulent votes,” Cole said.