Gov. Ralph Northam signed landmark new laws that repeal Virginia's voter ID law, make Election Day a state holiday in Virginia, and expand access to early voting, a news release said.
"Voting is a fundamental right, and these new laws strengthen our democracy by making it easier to cast a ballot, not harder," Gov. Northam said in the news release.
"No matter who you are or where you live in Virginia, your voice deserves to be heard. I'm proud to sign these bills into law."
Northam signed these bills:
House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 111, sponsored by House Majority Leader Charniele Herring and Senator Janet Howell, respectively, allow early voting 45 days prior to an election without a stated excuse. Virginia currently requires voters who wish to vote absentee to provide the state with a reason, from an approved list, why they are unable to vote on Election Day.