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Two GOP Lawmakers Help McAuliffe Kill Voter ID Bill

This is an article that was written by Kenric Ward and is printed in it’s entirety on

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto of a photo identification bill was upheld by two Republican lawmakers who maintained that the election measure was flawed.

Siding with a solid bloc of Democrats, Delegate Bob Bloxom Jr. left Republicans one vote short of overriding the governor. The freshman lawmaker said requiring that mail-in requests for an absentee ballot be accompanied by a copy of the voter’s photo “wouldn’t solve anything.”

Delegate James Edmunds, R-Halifax, also bolted from the party line.

“A picture of someone’s photo doesn’t get compared with anything (at the election office.) It could be a picture of anyone,” Bloxom, of Mappsville, told

McAuliffe made much the same argument.

“The requirement would not in any way deter fraudulent voting since it provides no means of verifying the identity of the individual depicted in the submitted photograph,” the Democratic governor wrote in his veto message.

HB 1318 specified that the photo ID be “a copy of one of the forms of identification acceptable under current law.”

The bill exempted military and overseas voters and persons with a disability. Currently, only voters who complete absentee ballot applications in person are required to show identification.

The American Civil Liberties Union applauded McAuliffe’s veto. Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastanaga said the measure “would have added another barrier to the polls.”

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About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

3 Responses to “Two GOP Lawmakers Help McAuliffe Kill Voter ID Bill”

  1. Sandy Sanders

    I am afraid I have to agree with the Governor on this one. The intent is good but I am not sure it is effective.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t we already pass a voter ID bill under the McDonnell Administration? Why a more stringent one?

  3. Gene Lefty says:

    Why is it that Republican’s want to “legislate” their way too victory rather than have a platform and message that attracts voters?

    Were it not for the Republican’s HB 2313, the largest tax increase in Virginia history, and a now convicted felon and Ferrari driving Republican ex-governor, Obenshaine would surely have had the 166 votes he needed to beat Herring. And, maybe Cuccinnelli would have won also.

    It seems Republican’s would rather cheat (jerrymandering) and legislate their way to victory?

    HB 1318 is nothing but a bill to appease the hate radio Republican base. Nothing more.

    A bill that keeps the focus off of real issues like illegal immigration and jobs going to China. A bill to keep the focus off the stranglehold that Dominion Virginia Power has on all Virginia’s elected officials. A bill to keep the focus off ethics.

    But HB 1318 puts a big smile on ignorance. And that’s what really matters.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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