A grassroots movement in opposition to new voting legislation is cropping up in Richmond. Advocates gathered at the General Assembly building Thursday, speaking out against bills requiring photo identification at the polls on Election Day.
Albemarle Delegate Rob Bell is carrying that bill in the House of Delegates. He says the measure is designed to prevent voter fraud. "We want eligible voters to vote, but those are the voters we want to count," Bell said. "We don't want people who are not eligible to vote be voting."
Opponents say Bell's bill could marginalize those who don't have easy access to vital records.
"Voter fraud, it does not exist," said Tran Nguyen of Virginia New Majority. "There isn't real evidence of that. And we shouldn't spend money on this."
The legislation is expected to go before a House of Delegates committee in the next week.
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