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State Lawmakers Pass Photo ID Bill

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If you want to cast a ballot in future elections, don't forget to say "cheese."

A bill requiring photo identification to vote passed the Virginia General Assembly Wednesday, and is on its way to the governor's desk. If approved, the new law would go into effect in July of 2014.

Republicans say photo identification will help crack down on voter fraud.

"We had some high-profile incidents last year that just showed that the half measures that we implemented last year with the best of intentions just weren't adequate to the task," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Mark Obenshain.

But Democrats say the GOP is upset about the outcome of the 2012 presidential race, calling this legislation a "sore loser bill."

"If you cannot win with the rules you have, you change the rules," Del. David Toscano said. "And that's what they're trying to do, to limit voters from coming out to the polls because the results are…they don't like them."

The US Department of Justice will have to sign off on the bill's legality before it becomes law. If also approved by Governor McDonnell, the state would provide a free photo ID to anyone who doesn't have one.

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