The General Assembly’s Black Caucus will ask the U.S. Justice Department to deny Voting Rights Act preclearance of the photo ID bill Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed into law.
The caucus said it is concerned that the law doesn’t spell out what identification is needed for voter to receive a free, valid photo ID.
“This is merely a continuation of attempts by Republicans to suppress the vote of individuals who are not likely to support their right wing agenda,” said state Sen. Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, the caucus chair.
“I guess it’s true that if you can’t win elections the right way, cheat,” Locke said. “Arguing non-existent voter fraud, this legislation is a solution in search of a problem.”