A Virginia General Assembly member intends to add more limits to the state’s voter ID law in time for the next election, warning of voter impersonation. Republican Delegate Mark Cole (VA) thinks the standing law is too flexible and will introduce a new voter ID bill that would prevent voters from using documentation like paycheck stubs to prove their identity.
Cole claims that, hypothetically, someone could pose as a legitimate voter at the polls, even though voter fraud has been proven to be exceedingly rare. But Republicans have used the threat of voter fraud to introduce more hurdles for minority voters, seniors, students to cast their ballots. Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli (R) recently called for stricter requirements because Obama “can’t win a state where photo ID is required.”