Saturday, May 19, 2012

Voter ID Bill - #3899 - McDonnell Signs Voter ID Law, Orders Election Board to Issue New Registration Card - Washington Times (2) Obama Campaign Working to Counter New Voter ID Laws - Washington Post Politics

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Friday signed into law legislation that will require voters to bring identification to the polls, and issued an executive order requiring the State Board of Elections to provide a new registration card to every voter. The combination of the law, accompanied with Mr. McDonnell’s executive order, walks a fine line on what has been a thorny issue both in the state and around the country. “For the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia to have faith in their government, they must have faith in their elections,” Mr. McDonnell wrote in his order. He acknowledged that potential burdens on eligible voters — including the elderly, poor, racial minorities, non-native English speakers and the disabled — must be taken into account. “All eligible voters regardless of income, race, age, and other factors should be able to have equal access to the electoral process and should be made aware of any changes that may impact their ability to vote.”  Read more........  

Obama Campaign Working to Counter New Voter ID Laws - Washington Politics - President Obama’s reelection campaign launched a national drive Friday to counter new restrictive voter-access laws, which advisers said threaten his electoral chances in November. Organizers will fan out in key swing states this weekend to teach volunteers and voters how to navigate a series of laws passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures imposing stricter identification requirements, limiting early voting and making it harder to organize voter-registration drives. It is the beginning of a months-long effort, campaign officials said, to combat what they described as a Republican effort to stifle voting among young people and minorities, two groups that traditionally tend to vote Democratic. Republicans say the new laws are needed to protect against voter fraud and help make elections fairer. The Obama campaign’s “weekend of action” is part of a field effort that in 2008 helped identify, register and turn out millions of new voters.  Read more.........

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