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States Make Election Day a Holiday In Wave of New Voting Rights Laws

Virginia's governor signed measures repealing the state’s strict voter ID law

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Sunday that he has signed into law several measures meant to expand voting rights, including making Election Day a state holiday.

In addition to the holiday law, legislation Northam signed expands access to early voting, repeals Virginia’s strict voter ID law and adopts automatic voter registration.

“Voting is a fundamental right, and these new laws strengthen our democracy by making it easier to cast a ballot, not harder,” Northam said in a statement. “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.”

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