Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Blog

Voting rights activists in Virginia suffered a defeat on Monday, as the U.S. Department of Justice approved Virginia’s new voter ID law. The legislation, which requires voters to bring identification to the polls for the first time, will go into effect in time for Election Day in November.

The law has a more expanded definition of acceptable ID than most other voter identification laws across the country, and according to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the DOJ found that the law does not violate the Voting Rights Act.

The Brennan Center for Justice has found that voter ID laws disproportionately affect minority and economically disadvantaged voters, and the voter ID debate has turned bitterly partisan as these groups often vote Democrat. Supporters of the law cite voter fraud as one of its intended purposes, despite the fact that the Brennan Center and others have proven fraud to be a negligible problem, at best.

AAI will continue to monitor voting rights in Virginia, and be sure to share your election-related news and updates for our Yalla Vote campaign. We will also be hosting policy forums at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, so follow our RNC and DNC pages for a live-stream of events.