Speaker Howell on federal court ruling upholding Virginia’s photo ID law

bill howellVirginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement on the U.S. District Court’s ruling upholding Virginia’s photo identification law.

“The General Assembly carefully crafted Virginia’s photo ID law to comply with previous Supreme Court rulings and I am pleased that our statute was upheld by a federal court today.  This is a victory for the integrity of Virginia’s elections and the three-quarters of Virginians who support our commonsense law.

“The Democratic Party of Virginia launched this politically-motivated lawsuit as part of a national effort funded by liberal billionaire George Soros and orchestrated by Hillary Clinton’s attorney Marc Elias. Unfortunately, their lawsuit unnecessarily cost Virginia taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is also unfortunate that Virginia was once again unable to rely on its elected Attorney General to defend the law of the Commonwealth.”