Mcdon­nell pe­ti­tioned to veto voter ID bills

Op­po­nents say mea­sures aimed at fraud would af­fect mi­nori­ties

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - BY DAVID SHERFINSKI

RICH­MOND | Ac­tivists on Thurs­day de­liv­ered more than 6,000 pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures urg­ing Gov. Bob Mcdon­nell to veto re­cently passed vo­teri­den­ti­fi­ca­tion leg­is­la­tion, as the hot­but­ton is­sue that has be­come a re­cent tar­get of the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice and the courts lands on the Virginia gov­er­nor’s desk.

Op­po­nents have tar­geted two bills on the sub­ject: one that would re­quire Vir­gini­ans who can­not pro­duce iden­ti­fi­ca­tion on Elec­tion Day and are not rec­og­nized by a poll worker to cast their bal­lot pro­vi­sion­ally, and an­other that would bar the public and press from wit­ness­ing the pro­vi­sional bal­lot count.

Jay John­son, 72, of Newport News, said her grand­mother taught her grand­fa­ther the pream­ble to lit­er­acy tests that vot­ers once had to take so he could pay his poll tax and vote.

“I see any voter-id bill as an­other poll tax,” said Ms. John­son, a mem­ber of the group Virginia Or­ga­niz­ing. “It’s more likely that some­one will steal Tide from the gro­cery store than they will try to vote in some­one else’s name.”

The gov­er­nor’s of­fice said Mr. McDon­nell, a Re­pub­li­can, will re­view the bills in the weeks ahead.

Cur­rently, vot­ers who can­not pro­duce iden­ti­fi­ca­tion can cast an of­fi­cial bal­lot if they sign a sworn af­fi­davit at­test­ing they are who they say they are.

The bill was amended dur­ing the leg­isla­tive process to ex­pand the forms of ID vot­ers could present to in­clude stu­dent-iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards, copies of util­ity bills, bank state­ments, gov­ern­ment checks, or pay­checks that show the name or ad­dress of the voter.

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