New Va. voter-ID law makes it ‘tough to cheat’
With Gov. Bob McDonnell’s
blessing, Virginia is the latest in a growing number of states that
have adopted voter-identification laws ahead of the 2012 elections -
though he managed to add a fairly significant twist.
governor’s signature on a set of companion bills requiring voters to
present one of a number of forms of ID at the polls pleased Republicans,
who introduced the measures they say are meant to combat voter fraud.
Mr. McDonnell also took the bold step of issuing an executive order directing the State Board of Elections
to send new voter-registration cards to every active voter in the
state, which could help blunt charges that the legislation is aimed at
suppressing the vote of the poor and minorities - groups that
traditionally vote Democratic and could help deliver the state to
President Obama once again.
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