Gov. Northam’s voter ID repeal is dead for the year

 Del. Margaret Ransone, R- Westmoreland.

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Northam announced days before the session started his intent to get the photo ID rule repealed.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.”

 

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Mechelle Hankerson
Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach. Mechelle was with the Virginia Mercury until January 3rd, 2019.