Governor McDonnell has signed two bills into law that require more rigorous oversight of Virginia’s voter registration rolls.
He also signed a third law to require voters to present photo IDs at the polls, which would take effect in 2014.
This month, a former Maryland congressional candidate, Wendy Rosen, pleaded guilty to voting illegally in Maryland in two elections. She had also voted in Florida. A new Virginia law will make it harder to vote in two states, says the bill’s sponsor, Delegate Rob Bell.
While Democratic candidates for statewide office have been circulating petitions to get on the primary ballot, their Republican counterparts have been criss-crossing Virginia, attending scores of mass meetings.
The ACLU and the Libertarian Party have teamed up against Virginia to block a state law that requires candidate-petition circulators to be residents of the Commonwealth.
A federal judge has already ruled in favor of the ACLU-Libertarian position. ACLU attorneys believe if the state wins this appeal, it could prevent third-parties from gaining ground in the Commonwealth.
The Virginia Attorney General's office argued that allowing out-of-state residents to circulate petitions to get candidates on the ballot could open the floodgates for election fraud.
A Virginia Republican is getting some heat for supporting a bipartisan bill to stop gun trafficking.
Scott Rigell was one of the first Republican lawmakers to sign onto gun control legislation. The bill he supports increases penalties on people caught trafficking guns. That didn’t sit well with the National Association for Gun Rights which put up ads in Rigell’s district saying the Republican wants to “pass Obama’s gun control.” Rigell says that’s an utter distortion.
While there's another threat of a government shutdown on March 27 unless the U.S. Senate and Congress reach some type of compromise, members of Virginia's Congressional delegation say some progress is being made. There's even a possibility of reducing the impacts of sequestration on Virginia.
Three budget amendments by Senator Mark Warner were approved. They address spending transparency, duplicate reports, and the federal retiree backlog.