The quick response to Ed Nanas’s June 28 letter, “ What will happen when I ignore Virginia’s voter ID law ?,” is that Mr. Nanas will be given a provisional ballot to complete, accompanied by information about providing a copy of the necessary photo identification to his local registrar by noon on the Friday after the election so that his ballot can be counted.
But that is for elections that occur after July 1, 2014, assuming that the law enacted this year is not changed by then. There is no change in the identification requirements for registered voters to participate in the election to be held this Nov. 5. The same dozen or so types of identification may be used this year as last, including the (non-photo) voter registration card that was sent by the State Board of Elections or local registrars to all registered voters.
Of great importance to the League of Women Voters, and probably to Mr. Nanas, based on his comments, is that registered voters go to the polls this year. Although between 70 and 80 percent of Virginia’s registered voters turn out for presidential elections, only about 40 percent vote in elections in odd years, when the Virginia governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the General Assembly are chosen — the officeholders who are responsible for the photo identification law that Mr. Nanas, the league and many other groups oppose. There is always the chance that citizen advocacy and a high voter turnout at the polls on Nov. 5, especially by the elderly, minorities and others most likely not to have photo identification, could end lawmakers’ support of this repressive legislation.
Sue Lewis, Charlottesville
The writer is the first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Virginia.