Virginia prepares to implement voter ID law

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia election officials are preparing to implement a new voter identification law.

The law goes into effect July 1.

The State Board of Elections held 13 regional trainings sessions in May for registrars and their staffs. Additional online training will be available in June.

Under the law, documents that don’t contain a photograph of the voter are no longer acceptable forms of identification when an individual is voting in person.

Hope Amezquita with the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is concerned that the implementation plan doesn’t go far enough. She tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the plan doesn’t require registrars to conduct outreach and solicit voters who need approved photo IDs to vote.

Voters can apply for the new ID cards with local registrars.

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