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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7/15/14  4:44 pm
Commenter: Brenna Perez, LWV

Identity Has No Expiration Date

The purpose of the ID is to demonstrate that the person proposing to vote is the person whose photo is on the ID. Any expiration date included on the card is not relevant for this purpose. Enforcing a new definition of “valid” to include unexpired IDs will result in a discriminatory application of the ID requirement to Virginia voters because not all eligible IDs, including the new Virginia voter photo ID, include expiration dates. Further, how are election officers supposed to determine whether an otherwise acceptable ID without an expiration date is current? The newly proposed definition will impose significant hardships on many elderly registered voters who could have difficulty in obtaining a free photo ID for the very reasons that they now are able to rely on expired or other not eligible photo identification for their normal everyday needs.

CommentID: 32990