Federal judge upholds Virginia voter ID law

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal judge has upheld Virginia’s 2013 law requiring voters to show a valid photo ID at the polls.  The Virginia Democratic Party sued state elections officials, saying the photo ID requirement unconstitutionally suppresses voting by blacks, Latinos and young people. The Richmond Times Dispatch reports  that U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson wrote Thursday that the Democratic Party did not prove that the law violates the Voting Rights Act or several constitutional amendments.  The judge noted that Virginia has made accommodations to allow everyone to vote, such as absentee voting, provisional ballets and free voter IDs.

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