Photo Voter ID is Not Discriminatory

If you do not already possess another form of photo identification (and most folks do), and you really want to vote, you can troop on down to DMV and ask for a photo ID.  In Virginia, below are the many acceptable forms of voter photo ID.

Acceptable forms of valid identification:

  • Virginia driver’s license
  • Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
  • United States passport
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Student photo ID issued by a school, college, or university located in Virginia
  • Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID
  • Virginia Voter Photo ID card

If you don’t have any of the above forms of identification, you can simply go to your nearest voter registration office to get a free Voter Photo ID, even on Election Day!  You will be required to complete a Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card Application (English | Español), have your photo taken and to sign a digital signature pad. The Virginia Voter Photo ID card is valid for voting purposes only.

If you don’t have a minimum one of the above, where have you been and or why not?  A very reasonable guess is 99.9% of likely voters have at least one of the above listed forms of photo ID. If you do not, and you want to vote, simply take your favorite form of transportation down to the nearest DMV office, or a voter registration office and apply for a FREE photo ID.

Here is a list of a few things you cannot do in Virginia without a Photo ID

  • Enter a state government building including the capital
  • Cannot purchase tobacco or alcoholic beverages
  • Cannot board a commercial airliner
  • Cannot cash a check at most banks
  • Cannot visit a doctor or hospital

What is the process for obtaining a DMV-issued Photo ID in Virginia?

What do you need to get a state photo ID in Virginia? You must present certain documentation, and pay a very small fee, to obtain each type of VA ID issued by the DMV. The documents needed for state ID are used by the DMV to verify your age, identity, Virginia address and legal presence in the United States. The most commonly used documents are listed in each category below:

  1. Adult Applicants:
  • One proof of identity and legal presence (U.S. citizens):
    • A driver’s license or ID issued in VA or another state
    • A U.S. birth certificate
    • A U.S. passport or passport card
    • A Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization
  • One proof of identity and legal presence (non-U.S. citizens):
    • An unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired U.S. visa and an I-94 or entry stamp
    • An unexpired Employment Authorization document (I-766) and a USCIS form I-797 displaying applicant’s name
    • An unexpired Permanent Resident card
  • One proof of Social Security number (SSN):
    • A Social Security card
    • A W-2 IRS tax form
    • An employer-issued payroll check stub showing the full SSN
  • Two proofs of Virginia residency:
    • A mortgage statement or lease agreement
    • A U.S. Postal Service change of address confirmation form
    • A utility bill less than 60 days old
    • Official correspondence from a federal, state, or local government agency
    • A billing statement printed with the applicant’s name and current address

Obviously non-US citizens are not eligible to vote and, regardless, there is a nominal cost for a DMV-issued photo ID. If you truly do not have any of the forms previously mentioned, and cannot afford a very reasonable DMV ID fee, then go to the voter registration office nearest you and obtain one there for free.

This is not asking too much to preserve the integrity of our voting system and is by no means discriminatory. Anyone…..anyone, regardless of race, creed color, religion, anyone, anyone who otherwise qualifies to vote in federal, state or local elections can, with reasonable effort, obtain a qualifying voter photo ID, and should be required to do so.

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