Tim Morris received a shock when he received a voter registration form for his dog Mozart. Adding to the surprise was the fact that Mozart had died two years ago, and now many are criticizing the voter registration process and its policies.
"I opened it up and looked at it and I just laughed," Morris told local news affiliate WSLS. "I thought it was a joke at first, and it turns out it's real. I still have no earthly idea how they got his information."
According to WSLS, the Voter Participation Board was responsible for the gaffe, after purchasing mailing lists to send out forms. There was no cross-check with the Virginia State Board of Elections, which is supposed to oversee all registrations and elections.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has proposed legislation that would require voters to produce a photo ID before participating in the election. While it has been deemed a controversial measure by many who feel that it would hurt minorities and the elderly who may not have a photo ID, others are in support of the law.
"This is exactly why we need voter id's!" Donna posted on Conservative Byte's website.
"Your comment is both logical and makes good sense," Nottakenyan replied to Donna. "That is why it will never fly with the current administration."
There has been a nationwide movement to require voter ID's. In May, Mississippi and Virginia signed voter ID legislation into law. And in March, Pennsylvania joined the trend. Several states, while attempting to pass legislation, have had their laws declared unconstitutional by a court.
Currently, only five states require photo ID for voters: Michigan, Idaho, South Dakota, Louisiana, and Florida. Virginia currently has legislation requiring a voter ID, but without photo. Gov. McDonnell is working to change that, though, by having voters without photo ID cast a provisional ballot.