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Breaking: Governor Northam Signs Legislation Dropping Voting Photo I.D. Requirement

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From The Hill

Virginia will no longer require voters to show a photo ID prior to casting a ballot and the state will join a handful of states across the nation in making Election Day a state holiday, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Sunday. 

Northam said he signed a series of bills aimed at expanding access to voting. 

“Voting is a fundamental right, and these new laws strengthen our democracy by making it easier to cast a ballot, not harder,” Northam said in a statement Sunday. “No matter who you are or where you live in Virginia, your voice deserves to be heard. I’m proud to sign these bills into law.”

Northam signed a bill replacing a state holiday, Lee-Jackson Day, that honored Confederate generals with a state holiday designated for Election Day. 

He also signed a bill repealing Virginia’s voter ID law and a bill expanding access to early voting. 

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