Federal appeals court upholds Virginia voter identification law
A federal appeals court has upheld a state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Tuesday a challenge from Democrats, who argued that the law suppresses voting by blacks, Latinos and youths.
The same court recently struck down a North Carolina law requiring voters to produce a photo ID.
That law also scrapped same-day registration and shortened early voting periods.
Virginians can obtain free photo IDs at voter registrar offices, but Democrats say few people know about that option because the state has done little to spread the word.