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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8/1/14  8:02 pm
Commenter: Cate H. Partain, a voting citizen

Why change the definition of VALID?

The SBE Proposed Regulation to amend 1 VAC 20-40 that was passed June 10, 2014, states in the summary the intention to "change the definition of 'valid' for all purposes related to voter identification, including the length of time an expired identification document will be accepted."

My question is "Why?" Why change the definition of "valid?" Does a person cease to exist as that individual when no longer in possession of a present-dated document bearing a current photograph and signature of the individual? I think not, at least until that individual has truly expired from life. It seems ludicrous to insist that each person who has previously been identified to have full, legal status as a citizen eligible to vote should have to maintain a current photo ID in perpetuity in order to cast a balllot in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Therfore, it is my recommendation that there be no change to the original Virginia Voter Photo Identification Law and that the current proposed amendment not be adopted.

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