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Bill Requiring Va. Voters to Show ID Wins Final Approval

March 8, 2012

Virginia legislators have given final approval to a bill requiring voters to show identification at the polls.

The House of Delegates voted 66-31 Thursday to pass the Republican-backed bill, which cleared the Senate last month on Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's tie-breaking vote.

Democrats have argued that the bill is intended to suppress voter turnout among minorities, young people and senior citizens. GOP supporters of the bill say it guards against voter fraud.

If Gov. Bob McDonnell signs the bill, voters who fail to show identification will cast a provisional ballot that will be counted after election day only if the voter returns to the local registrar with the needed ID. Lawmakers approved the Senate version of the bill, which lists more acceptable forms of ID than the House version.


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