Virginia Republicans To Push For Voter ID Law In 2012

Joining a GOP fight that spread across the nation in 2011, Virginia Republicans will push to enact a voter identification law in 2012, the Washington Times reports. Multiple bills have been filed in advance of assembly for the next session, including legislation that would limit the types of valid IDs and another bill that will curb absentee balloting. Virginia legislators have cited voter fraud as the motive behind the legislation, despite evidence that voter fraud is incredibly rare and, in many instances, doesn’t exist. The Justice Dept. recently blocked a similar law in South Carolina on grounds that it was discriminatory and thus violated the Civil Rights Act of 1965. Like South Carolina, changes in Virginia’s voting laws must be cleared by DOJ before they go into effect.