Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed a number of bills into law Sunday to expand voter access and repeal the state’s voter ID law.
“Voting is a fundamental right, and these new laws strengthen our democracy by making it easier to cast a ballot, not harder,” said Northam in a statement. “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.”
This voter-access expansion comes as states grapple with what to do amid COVID-19 during a presidential election year. Last Monday the Wisconsin Supreme Court blocked Governor Tony Evers’ emergency executive order to postpone the state’s primary election, and the US Supreme Court denied an extension of absentee ballot submission deadlines. A lawsuit against Ohio regarding the state legislature’s decision to move its voting date and extend absentee voting was dismissed earlier this month.