Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Elections
State Board of Elections
Voter Registration [1 VAC 20 ‑ 40]
Chapter is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Action Revise Valid Definition
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 8/4/2014
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7/16/14  2:04 pm
Commenter: Linda Lindberg, Registrar, on behalf of Arlington Electoral Board

Identity does not expire

The policy previously adopted by the SBE makes sense, for adminstrators, pollworkes, and voters. Aside from the fact that some of the acceptable forms of ID, including the new one issued by registrars' offices for voting purposes, have no expiration date, the fact that one's license or passport has a past expiration date is irrelevant for voting purposes. The identity doesn't expire, only the right to legally drive, travel, etc. 

Retailers who verify ID for age-specific purposes or check-cashing/credit card validation do not look at expiration dates on the IDs, so why should pollworkers be required to do so for voting?

Please do not change the previously-accepted definition, and do not include a provision about 30 days past the expiration date being valid, which would also require unnecessary scrutiny by pollworkers. The identity of the individual is still valid.

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