Voting-rights activists push Gov. McDonnell for veto

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Voting-rights activists want Governor Bob McDonnell to veto a pair of bills passed by the General Assembly this year.

The group "Virginia New Majority" gathered 6,000 petitions which were put on display at a news conference Thursday morning. One of the bills in question requires all voters to bring photo ID to the polls. The other allows provisional ballots to be counted in private. The group said these bills discriminate against low-income Virginians, students, and seniors.

"They oughta have a say, and the right to vote and to choose our leaders is at the heart of what it means to be an American. And our government should go out of its way to make voting easier, rather than harder," said Tram Nguyen with Virginia New Majority.

Supporters of the proposed legislation claim it will reduce the chances of voter fraud.

The group delivered all 6,000 petitions to the governor's office...where a receptionist promised to deliver them.

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