Governor McAuliffe vetoes voter registration bill

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation aimed at making sure prospective voters fill out all of the questions asked on voter registration forms. McAuliffe, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that he’d vetoed the Republican-backed legislation in the latest chapter in an ongoing partisan battle over voter registration requirements. The governor said in a statement that the bill could disenfranchise voters over technicalities, like failing to mark a box saying the prospective voter will be 18 at the time of election even though the form also asks for the a date of birth. The legislation came in response to an unsuccessful proposal by the Virginia State Board of Elections last year to make optional some of the questions on voter registration form, including some related to citizenship or criminal records.

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