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Governor McDonnell signs Virginia voter I.D. law

By Meredith Machen, mmachen@wcyb.com
Published On: Mar 26 2013 05:00:28 PM CDT
RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. -

Starting July of 2014, Virginia voters will be required to show a photo I.D. at the polls.

Governor Bob McDonnell signed the bill into law in an effort to prevent voter fraud.    

Virginia citizens will still be allowed to show a valid photo driver's license or a photo student identification card, as long as it's from a Virginia institution.    

For those without one, Governor McDonnell's executive order states local registrars will have equipment to create and distribute photo I.D. cards as part of the 2014 budget.    

Bristol, Virginia's general registrar Penny Limburg told us, she believes it will be easy for the city to adapt to this new law.

"I don't think we have a large population that has no photo I.D. whatsoever. So, we will help them transition and make this as smooth as possible, as I'm sure all of the county offices will," said Limburg.

Democrats have denounced the legislation, saying it will suppress the votes of the elderly, minorities and the underprivileged.