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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8/2/14  12:00 pm
Commenter: Keith Damon, Member Republican State Central Committee, 11th CD

Valid ID means current ID

I support the proposed change to Regulation 1VA20-40-10 to amend the definition of “valid” so only current photo IDs are acceptable identification for voting purposes.  This proposed amended definition of “valid” is the commonly accepted definition which, incidentally, is also implied and used in 33 other places in the Election Law.  The General Assembly clearly intended to specify only current photo IDs since “valid” was used to modify each of the types of acceptable photo IDs.  Without the modifier “valid” there might be ambiguity but there is no ambiguity with the legislation as written and passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.  Wishing the legislation had a broader definition of “valid” does not give the Virginia Department of Elections the right to change the clear original intent of the legislation.  Those who want a broader definition of “valid” should petition their General Assembly members to make this change.

Voting is an important right and duty of citizens.  The Commonwealth of Virginia has the obligation to ensure that elections are conducted fairly and honestly according the Election Laws with zero tolerance for fraud.  Maintaining the intent and spirit of the legislation creating §24.2-643 (current photo ID’s only) is an important step in carrying out this obligation.

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