RICHMOND, Va.— Arguing that it’s impossible for election officials to validate every form of identification, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring moved to gut the state’s voter ID law Tuesday.

State Sen. Mark Obenshain, author of the photo ID law enacted by the 2013 General Assembly, accused the Democrat of “subordinating impartial legal analysis to the advancement of a political agenda.”

The State Board of Elections opened the door for Herring when it ruled in June that expired identifications could be accepted at the polls. Under heavy criticism for acting without public input, the board is reconsidering that policy.