Statement of Speaker William J. Howell on Appeals Court Ruling
RICHMOND, VA – Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement following today’s appeals court ruling.
I am pleased that Virginia’s photo ID law was upheld today in a 3-0 appeals court ruling. Today’s ruling is a victory for a commonsense law that protects the integrity of Virginia’s elections. Earlier this year, we saw multiple cases of voter fraud throughout the Commonwealth. This law was carefully crafted to provide an extra layer of protection to ensure the sanctity of the ballot box.
It is extremely unfortunate that Virginia’s own Attorney General refused to defend the law of the Commonwealth. As a result, this politically motivated and unnecessary lawsuit launched by the Democratic Party of Virginia has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.