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  10:05 am
Commenter: Rob Abbot

valid photo ID should include expired drivers license

Elderly voters would be especially disadvantaged if the voter ID regulations were to be changed to eliminate an expired drivers licence as a valid form of identification. When older voters elect not to renew a drivers license, they should not be penalized by losing the identification that would allow them to vote. The decision to stop driving is a difficult one for many older people, and adding effective disenfranchisement as a consquence of this decision would be unjust and cruel.

The stated purpose of the new voter ID requirements is to prevent fraud by making sure the voter is who he or she claims to be. This purpose is not threatened by allowing an expired license to serve as a valid form of ID. The if the photo confirms the identity of the voter, the possibility of fraud is eliminated, whether or not the ID itself is current. Many older voters may not have any other form of photo identification to replace their drivers license as a valid ID for voting purposes.

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