Virginia Officially Becomes Voter I.D. State

Katie Pavlich

3/26/2013 12:17:00 PM - Katie Pavlich

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has officially made the Old Dominion a state requiring voter identification to vote. More from AP:

Virginia law will require all voters to have photo IDs beginning next year.

Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill Tuesday that his fellow Republicans said was a safeguard against voter fraud.

The legislation provides for a free valid ID with the bearer's photo to any registered voter who lacks one.

Along with signing the legislation, McDonnell issued an executive order directing the State Board of Elections to start a public education program to tell voters about the new requirement before the 2014 congressional and U.S. Senate elections.

And of course, Democrats are crying Jim Crow.

Democrats bitterly denounced the legislation as a Jim Crow-era tactic to suppress the votes of the elderly, minorities and the underprivileged.

As a reminder, when Indiana implemented its Voter I.D. law, minority turnout went up, not down. Not to mention, every state that has implemented some form of Voter I.D. law has also offered identification for free, so the excuse that people can't afford to pay for identification is bogus.

For instance, Kansas has a new voter-ID law. Through May of this year, only 32 out of 1.7 million registered voters have applied for a free photo ID because they didn’t already have one. In most of the six years that Georgia has had a voter-ID law in place, fewer than 0.05 percent of the state’s 6 million registered voters have received free IDs.