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A Va. Voter Photo ID Bill Dies, Another Survives

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RICHMOND, Va.— One bill requiring Virginia voters to present photo identification at the polls is dead, but another lives for at least a few more days.

A Senate committee has voted 7-6 to advance Republican Sen. Mark Obenshain’s bill to a vote by the full Senate later this week. That came more than 12 hours after a House subcommittee effectively killed a related measure.

During sometimes-chaotic Privileges and Election Committee debate on Obenshain’s bill, Democratic Sen. Don McEachin noted that it didn’t specify the state had to provide photo IDs for free to voters who lack them.

The bill was amended to provide for the free cards because without them, federal courts would void the law as an illegal poll tax.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Legislation to require Virginia voters to provide photo identification at polling places is dead for the year.

A House subcommittee on Tuesday incorporated Republican Del. Rob Bell’s bill into another bill that tightens the acceptable forms of ID voters must present to vote a regular ballot.

Bell’s bill became part of Del. Mark Cole’s bill to eliminate utility bills, current paycheck stubs or government checks bearing a home address as valid voter identification.

Under Bell’s bill, people who lack photo identification such as a driver’s license would be eligible for ID cards at no charge from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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