2017 Model General Assembly 2

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) speaks with students at the Dec. 8, 2017, Model General Assembly forum.

Del. Rip Sullivan again has been unable to convince his colleagues that IDs from out-of-state colleges and universities should be equally usable as those from Virginia institutions of higher education in meeting the commonwealth’s rules governing photo-identification at the polls.

The measure died on a 4-2 vote in a subcommittee of the House Privileges & Elections Committee.

The outcome for the bill was the same as occurred in 2017, except that the 2018 General Assembly session requires tallying votes in subcommittees. Last year’s measure was defeated on an unrecorded voice vote.

In addition to allowing photo-ID from state colleges and universities, Virginia law also allows voters to present a valid Virginia driver’s license, valid U.S. passport or “any other photo identification issued by the commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States.”