Two Democratic voters and the Democratic Party of Virginia have filed suit against the State Board of Elections and the Department of Elections, seeking to strike down the law that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls.
The suit also seeks to “remedy Virginia’s long wait times to vote, and to re-enfranchise all nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences and paid all fines, fees and restitution.”
Virginia Republicans say the suit is politically motivated and seeks to manipulate the court system for Democrats’ benefit. Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, sponsor of the photo ID legislation, said the law will withstand judicial scrutiny.
The complaint, filed Thursday in federal court in Richmond, alleges that after Democratic wins in Virginia in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, Republican majorities in both houses of the General Assembly were “determined to stall, if not reverse, the growing success of the Democratic Party in Virginia” by passing legislation designed to “reduce disproportionately the turnout of these core Democratic constituents and Democratic voters more broadly.”
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