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VOTER ID Photo ID plan lacking, Democratic elections official says

Va. elections official has issues with law signed by governor last month

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    The measure that the General Assembly passed in February requires voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls to cast a ballot.

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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 10:37 pm, Mon Nov 4, 2013.

The vice chairwoman of the State Board of Elections says she has “some glaring issues” with the practicality and cost of Virginia’s new photo ID legislation for voting that Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law last month.

Kimberly T. Bowers, a Democrat, was appointed to a four-year term as one of the state’s leading elections officials in 2011 by Gov. Bob McDonnell. She said in an interview that the process for obtaining a free government-issued photo ID “leaves a lot to be desired” and that the decision to implement a new law after Virginia has spent nearly $2 million on election reform a year ago is “mind-boggling.”

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