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Voter ID bill signed amid fierce resistance

A state that WND reported had at least 100 instances of voting irregularities in the 2012 presidential election is fighting back against fraud.

Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed a law requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls, beginning next year.

The state will provide a free photo ID to any registered voter who requests one.

McDonnell also issued an executive order requiring the State Board of Elections to conduct a public education program informing voters of the new rule before 2014 elections.

Virginia joins Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee and Kansas in requiring voters to present a photo ID.

Mississippi, Texas, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have passed similar measures, but they have not gone into effect because of court rulings or because of the need for approval by the Justice Department.

WND has reported extensively on fraud issues related to inadequate voter identification, including problems with absentee ballots, motor-voter laws, voting machines, voting by illegal immigrants and voter suppression. WND has also reported on the Department of Justice’s fight against voter ID laws.

Pew Research Center published a report revealing election rolls in a shambles nationwide. It found:

A North Carolina group, the Voter Integrity Project, found close to 30,000 dead voters still on the rolls in North Carolina, a state President Obama won by only 14,000 votes in 2008.

“Mainly, what we’re concerned about is the potential [for fraud],” said project Director Jay DeLancey. “Since there is no voter ID law in North Carolina, anybody can walk in and claim to be anyone else.”

One month after the November election, investigative journalist James Simpson, writing for WND, reported at least 100 cases of voting irregularities in Virginia’s Prince William County, including:

The Republican poll watcher, Fox, was interviewed on Washington, D.C.’s WMAL Radio about her experiences, prompting many other Virginia poll watchers to call in or comment about similar experiences they had witnessed.

Republican lawmakers who supported the new Virginia voter photo ID law say it is necessary to prevent voter fraud.

Democrats disagree, claiming the real intent is voter suppression.

“This is merely a continuation of attempts by Republicans to suppress the vote of individuals who are not likely to support their right-wing agenda. I guess it’s true that if you can’t win elections the right way, cheat,” Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, and chairman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus told the Associated Press.

While Democrats cry foul, however, evidence is accumulating that they may have been playing fast and loose with the vote: