Appeals court upholds VA voter-ID law
Virginia's voter ID law has been upheld in court. It is very simple. Show a valid form of ID that shows who you are and where you live and you can vote. You also have to tell the volunteer at the polling place your address without reading it.
A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld Virginia’s voting rules requiring residents to present photo identification to cast ballots.
The 3-to-0 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit comes only months after a different panel of judges in the Richmond-based court threw out North Carolina’s far-reaching election restrictions, finding its state legislators had intentionally made it harder for minorities to vote.
In the Virginia case, the appeals court sided with attorneys for Virginia election officials who said the state’s requirement for in-person voting is far more flexible than election measures in other states and was not designed to discriminate.
“Not only does the substance of SB 1256 not impose an undue burden on minority voting, there was no evidence to suggest racially discriminatory intent in the law’s enactment,” the panel ruled.
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