Public Comments for: HB544 - Voter identification; optional restrictive identification requirement.
I fully support Delegate Batten’s bill. It should be required to show a photo ID to vote. This is just common sense, especially given what transpired during the 2020 presidential election scam.
The Virginia State Conference NAACP opposes HB544.
All bills that will reflect a stronger more secure election in the future. Considering both sides, Trump and Biden, have spoken in regards to those concerns, these should be reported on with bipartisan approval. Thank you.
Election Integrity guarantees our voice is heard and the we can trust the system. It is foundational to the backbone of this country. It has been my astonishing revelation that this most SACRED of all abilities - believed to be held UP- in such esteem and REVERENCE yet in reality is trampled upon, disrespected and disgraced , given away with no value whatsoever in order to game the system. It is totally and completely unprotected. IT is UNTRUE. This reminds me of the snake oil salesmen who came into towns in the early days selling fakery and un-truths. As the American people come learn the truth - it IS happening now folks, make no mistake, they will ask the leadership to answer for this'd hold you accountable for this bait and switch. WE need real election integrity for LEGAL CITIZENS ONLY. WE NEED PRISTINELY CLEAN VOTER ROLLS. Here is the list of what we must do to repair and restore the trust of the American People. Establish laws enabling forensic audits and voter canvass Repeal same day voter registration Repeal no voter identification Repeal the permanent absentee ballot list Repeal no-excuse AB Repeal 3rd party mailing of AB Repeal ballot harvesting Eliminate AB drop boxes. We also want 1 day of voting, but anything less than 45 days would be better than nothing. Do not accept AB after Election DAY. Repeal pre-registration of 16 year olds Repeal automatic voter registration by DMV Please vote appropriately on ALL bills in support of these goals. Angela Boyer Great Falls Va 22066
Since there has never been any significant fraud in Virginia elections, we should keep and expand measures that make it easier for all of our citizens to participate the the most sacred of our democratic rights. There is no reason to make access to the ballot box tougher. We need to keep early voting, mail-in ballots, drop boxes, and enough polling places so there are not unreasonable wait times. The more citizens included in this process the stronger their involvement and commitment to their community, state, and nation.
I am in support of HB1855, only if it pertains to first time new voters only. There should be a cut off date prior to election day for new registration of voters. The day of election should not be when new voters are registered, as verification of ID and address becomes difficult at the polls. If a voter has moved but not updated their addresses, they should be required to either go back and vote at their original precinct (old address), or vote via provisional ballot based upon their new address. I am also in support of HB24, that would require a photo id, however, it should not be required that it be a state government or federally issued id.
Election Integrity depends on 3 primary things: REAL VOTER ID, the ELIMINATION OF VOTER DROP BOXES and NO ABSENTEE BALLOTS TO BE USED w/ THE exception for military assignments out of state or country.
SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM - Please Reject Confidence that our elections are fair is important. This is the paradox, though: raising alarms about election security, EVEN WHEN THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF CHEATING, is what undermines that confidence. Until you've made the case that there are people voting who shouldn't, or that there is cheating or foul play going on, there is no reason to make it harder to vote, which is what this bill does. We ALL benefit from widespread participation in elections. Making it less convenient and more expensive for people to vote is wrong. Please reject this bill. Thank you.
The VA State Conference doesn't support any voter suppression bills that cause barriers to vote. HB 24 46 185 187 544 780 944 941 942 1090
As a Virginia resident, I am opposed to all of the proposed bills for this session. I am concerned that the restrictions may further challenge low-income Virginians’ ability to participate in elections. Thank you for your consideration.
Voting is a right guaranteed to all citizens. Unless ID's to be used for voting are provided easily and free to all eligible voters, voter ID requirements amount to voter suppression. There is no discernible voter fraud in any Virginia elections that would be addressed by these voter ID laws.
Virginia enacted several new voting laws in 2020 and 2021 to make voting more accessible during the pandemic. Early in-person voting hours were increased, mail-in absentee ballots no longer required a witness signature, more drop-box locations were available. These changes led to record voter turnout (with insignificant fraud) in both the 2020 presidential election and the 2021 gubernatorial election. Therefore I oppose any new bill that would restrict our rights to accessible voting.
Regarding HB1090, HB942, HB544, HB46, HB24, and HB121 = these voter id bills are actually unnecessary. There is no evidence that people are committing voter fraud on any meaningful scale, even in local elections. Voter ID laws can potentially deprive potential voters of their right to vote and/or reduce participation in local elections. As a conservative, I believe these kinds of laws are actually antithetical to what our country needs to be doing to increase civic participation. People like me have been forced to fill out provisional ballots in prior elections because it takes a while to get a govt photo ID and I know the cost can be prohibitive to people who don't think it's important. We should be making voting as reasonably easy and as low-cost as possible, and we should stop changing laws relating to voter ID and such so much because it can be confusing if this happens every other year. Thank you.
Voting is a constitutional right. Any law that restricts rather than expands our constitutional right & DUTY to vote is simply voter suppression. We must not repeal any expansions of absentee ballots. Do not decrease early voting. - extend the number of days allowed. Do not eliminate any ballot box locations- expand. We have no need to re-register absentee ballots every year. No excuse absentee voting is absolutely crucial. The state must provide easy and free access to voter ID if a photo is required. Since the USPS has slowed considerably, we must keep the 3 day rule for receiving ballots after election day. All local elections must be on Election Day (in Nov). Election Day should be a holiday. Until we do a complete overhaul of campaign finance & eliminate dark money/special interests there must be no restrictions on outreach, education & registration or from where a candidate may collect funds. Voter registration up to and including Election Day is absolutely crucial to ensure all citizens vote. I support all bills expanding our rights and abilities to make voting as easy as possible. I oppose all bills attempting to restrict any access to our ballot and our vote. The process is too important for the elected officials to be able to restrict us from our duty to be informed voters. Keep expanding our rights. Do not restrict, suppress or subvert them.
We need voter identification requirements!!!
This bill must pass in order to ensure election integrity and if not passed would devalue the vote of the legitimate citizen.
Hoping this bill passes!
I am in full support of this bill to create fair and equal elections for all. It is an opportunity to work with the current voter legislation to address the concerns we share surrounding voter ID requirements.
HB544 Is a great step towards securing voter identification and potential misuse of our names for voting. We very much support this bill. Please give it serious consideration. Jim and Helen Janele
I would like to see photo ID for voter’s registration to protest my identification.
I support all bills that require voter ID. There is no reason for not being able to obtain a photo ID. I also agree voters should have the right to designate in the voter records that a photo ID is required to cast a vote under said name
Very concerned about Voter fraud and HB544 will at least allow me to protect MY vote. Please make every effort for a full audit of the 2020 election. Election Integrity and action by our representative supporting Election Integrity are critically important.
I strongly support this bill because I want stronger assurance that I am the only one that is allowed to vote in my place. This is my right and I do not want someone stealing my vote because of any lax rules or laws.
I have to show id to get a library card, to buy beer or get a passport.
I would like for photo Id to be taken and registered for protection of my voting rights in America as an American citizen. Thank you
HB544 | Batten | Voter identification; optional restrictive identification requirement. We must have voter integrity with photo ID required
To uphold voter integrity, in as much as it is possible for me to do so, I will require that any vote submitted in my name has had my identification checked prior to voting. For this reason I support Delegate Batten's proposed bill HB544.
I strongly support this bill and respectfully request that you support it and pass it through committee.
This is a good proposal that allows one the choice of protecting one's vote.
I support this bill.
Our vote is among our most precious rights. It should be protected at all cost against fraud. Self-codifying my registration record with the requirement that Photo ID be used to verify my identity is a common-sense solution to a problem created by loose ID requirements enacted in the past.
In other states my picture on my drivers license was proof of who I am. This should be identified on all voting requirements and all government bills.
I support this Bill. I believe Voting needs to be secured by Blockchain. There are projects/companies creating voting platforms for this. It will just be a matter of adoption. Thank you.
I support this bill.
I have in favor of this bill.
A pictured ID is required for almost everything we do in this day and age. Of all the rights we have, voting is a privilege and I feel it should be mandatory to show an ID for everyone. Even people on welfare have to show an ID, so there shouldn't be any excuse about financial status.
I am completely in favor of this bill. Voter integrity and in person voting are very important to me. This will add another layer of security to preserving my right to vote.
I am in support of HB 544, Voter identification; optional restrictive identification requirement. Voluntarily placing a photo ID restriction on my own vote will add an additional layer of security to my voting rights. It will provide a greater confidence that, whether I choose to vote early or on election day, my vote will be secure and my vote will count. This voluntary restriction does not affect my neighbor, my friends or the people down the street. It will not prevent or restrict any voter’s choice to utilize the full range of alternate voter ID options currently available under law. To the contrary, I believe it is an opportunity to work within the framework of current voter legislation to address the concerns many Virginians share surrounding voter ID requirements. I strongly believe it is a win/win solution that will benefit all of your constituents by expanding their choice of how, when and where they vote. Please vote yes on HB 544. Thank you all for your time and consideration of the people of Virginia.