New laws signed by Gov. Ralph Northam over the weekend will end Virginia’s voter ID law, make Election Day a state holiday and allow no-excuse absentee voting.

“Voting is a fundamental right, and these new laws strengthen our democracy by making it easier to cast a ballot, not harder,” Northam said. “No matter who you are or where you live in Virginia, your voice deserves to be heard. I’m proud to sign these bills into law.”

House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 111 allow early voting 45 days prior to an election without a stated excuse. You're currently required to have a reason that you can vote on Election Day.

House Bill 19 and Senate Bill 65 removes the requirement that voters show a photo ID prior to casting a ballot, a policy critics of said disproportionately impacts low-income individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly and individuals with disabilities. 
 
House Bill 108 and Senate Bill 601 make Election Day a state holiday. The measure repeals the current Lee-Jackson Day holiday. 
 
House Bill 1678 extends in-person polling hours from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
 
The governor also signed legislation implementing automatic voter registration for individuals accessing service at a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or the DMV website. Another new law will expand absentee voting timelines. 
 
That isn't the end to proposed changes. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased push for vote-by-mail legislation.

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Moonraker39

Only U.S. citizens should be allowed to vote.

Soily

Supposedly, illegals and legal immigrants still can't vote, but the racist governor's comments make it sound like they should be able to. Democrats gain power by making sure as many ignorant people vote as possible.

Brad

Northam and other liberal democrats know that they can only win elections be ensuring non-citizens can vote for them. Vote out these fools.

DBC

Isn't it racist and insulting to suggest minorities are unable to obtain identification? Do Democrats think minorities are unable to find a DMV location? Do they think they cannot fill out a DMV form?

Garytgsr

Their concern is not for the voters but only to gain voters regardless if they’re legal or illegal. The I(ing of all Jackasses will do or say anything to advance his agenda! Mr. Blackface needs to go!

skip

[angry] Anyone have a summary of what this action includes that will guarantee one vote per authorized voter and how that will be detemined?

Garytgsr

The I(ing of all Jackasses continues his attack on OUR state! Please Lord rid us of this buffoon!

timt

It's been a good week for the citizens of Virginia. Good first steps in getting WMDs off the streets of the commonwealth. Long overdue protections passed for our LBGTQ citizens. And now steps to make it easier to vote instead of making it more difficult to carry out our constitutional right to vote or suppressing that right. But of course conservatives will oppose all these and continue to scream their false narratives like above. Too bad. This is what progress looks like.

Citizen52

You can say that all you want, Timt, but people of reason aren’t fooled by these tactics. We all know the ultimate goal.

EdP

Wow; so much ignorance. Every time voter fraud has been investigated, the actual number was miniscule. You still need to register to be able to vote and no, illegal immigrants can't register to vote. The only way Trump's minions can continue to win elections is to suppress the votes of the working poor who can't afford to wait 5 hours in line because half the voting places have been shut down.

Citizen52

If we must show ID at the bank or a doctor’s office, then having adequate ID must not be a problem for most. DMVs are everywhere. Even my elderly mother was able to get her walker’s ID. To say that poor people, elderly, and minorities can’t get ID is demeaning and ignorant. Leftists are just plain condescending to these groups and treat them like pets. Voter fraud is elusive and there is no one metric. It does exist and if measured accurately, would probably be far more common than some are willing to acknowledge.

EdP

Your elderly mother was not working two jobs for minimum wage. You have to register to vote and that requires proving you are eligible to vote. However, it is the reduction in polling places and limiting voting by mail that really hurt the working poor.

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