Gov. Ralph Northam’s bid to repeal Virginia’s requirement to show a photo identification to vote died unceremoniously in a House subcommittee meeting Tuesday.
It was the subcommittee’s last meeting before crossover, the point at which legislation must move to the opposite chamber for approval or it dies for the year.
Del. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, carried the legislation endorsed by the governor. It was listed on the subcommittee’s agenda for Tuesday, but the meeting adjourned before it was taken up.
Chairwoman Margaret Ransone, R-Westmoreland, said after an hour and a half of the meeting that several legislators on the committee had other meetings to get to.
Northam announced days before the session started his intent to get the photo ID rule repealed.
“While photo ID laws are intended to reduce voter fraud, very little such voter fraud actually exists,” Northam said at the time. “Instead of fixing a problem, the photo ID law just makes it harder for people, especially minority voters or low-income voters, to lawfully vote.”