Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell this week signed new voter ID legislation. 

While LWVVA had urged the Governor to veto this law, it was encouraged by a corresponding executive order, which “directs the State Board of Elections to take necessary steps to ensure that all eligible Virginia voters are made aware of the provisions of these new laws and are given the necessary information in order to provide an appropriate form of identification when voting.” This will be accomplished by the state sending new voter registration cards and additional information to every voter. The League was specifically named as an organization that will be vital to helping educate voters about the new requirement.