Unlike the smash-mouth relations between the Corbett administration and Obama's Department of Justice over Pa's voter ID bill, things are relatively cordial between the DoJ and Virginia regarding that commonwealth's new law.
The Department gave Va preclearance on its new law, which is similar to Pa's strict law, particularly when it comes to proving provisional ballots after election day. And look how far Va Gov. Bob McDonnell, a leading national GOP voice, was willing to go to answer critics that it will supress votes: he's sending free IDs to voters, rather than requiring them to go to drivers license centers, like in Pa.
The law, which took effect July 1, expands the list of acceptable identification at the polls, including student identification cards issued by a Virginia college or university, utility bills and concealed-handgun permits.
It also changes the procedure when someone votes without presenting identification, requiring them to vote provisionally and later present an approved ID to their local registrar through email, fax, mail or hand delivery.
To promote compliance and address critics who say the law is designed to suppress the vote of minorities, students and the elderly, McDonnell also has issued an executive order requiring new voter ID cards to be sent to all registered voters in the state in advance of the November elections.