Voter Identification Law

In 2013, a law was passed in Virginia saying that no one could vote without presenting a valid photo ID -- such as a driver's license. However, the The Virginia Democratic Party said the law was unfair and took a stand against it, suing lawmakers to have it changed. It went before a federal judge, who recently decided to uphold the law. It remains on the books and all voters will need picture IDs in the upcoming presidential election.

Discrimination Allegations

The reason that people rallied against the law is that they claim it is discriminatory. The voting process has a long history of discrimination, and many laws have been passed to make sure that everyone has the right to vote. However, the claim by opponents is that this law could discriminate unfairly against young people, African Americans, and those of Latino decent. They claim that the law was only passed because Democratic president Barack Obama won two elections in a row and those who opposed him were trying to change the voting process in their own favor.

Reasons for the Ruling

The federal judge disagreed, saying that the laws in Virginia did not violate the Constitution and still made it possible for everyone to vote. He pointed out, for example, that people who do not have driver's licenses can still get free voter ID cards. He also noted that there are options to use an absentee ballot.

It's also important to note that a driver's license doesn't have to be used. People can also use passports, student ID cards, employee ID cards, and the like.

Those who support these laws want them in place to stop voter fraud. This could include things like allowing illegal immigrants to vote, having the same person vote multiple times under different names, or voting on behalf of other individuals.

The Voting Process

One of the main principles behind the modern American government is the right to vote. However, as this shows, that doesn't mean everyone can vote in all situations. It's critical to know about the requirements and the steps that must be followed.