RICHMOND - This afternoon, the Virginia Senate passed another disastrous voter ID bill proposed by Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Augusta). The bill, SB 1253, passed on a party-line vote, 21-19.
Said Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke), "This troubling proposal serves as yet another unnecessary burden for voters. It does not address the large proportion of citizens throughout our Commonwealth who do not have a photo on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Rather, it empowers officers of elections to make subjective determinations to turn eligible voters away."
Said Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), "What we've done here is create unfunded mandates to address non-existent voter fraud at the same time as the Department of Elections is chronically underfunded. It makes no sense."
Said Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), "Every year, we see a litany of bills come through the General Assembly aimed at preventing voter fraud but none regarding our constituents being struck by lightning -- which is interesting given the fact that they are three times more likely to be struck by lightening than to commit voter fraud. We have not been presented with any evidence showing in-person voter fraud is a problem occurring throughout the Commonwealth."

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