FOR THE SECOND TIME in three months, the Obama administration has blocked a state law pushed by Republicans that, using the pretext of a nearly nonexistent problem of voting fraud, discriminates against minority voters by establishing more stringent voter ID rules.
Memo to Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell: You might be next.
In December, the Justice Department moved against South Carolina, saying its new law would suppress turnout among African American voters, who are more likely than other voters to lack identification. On Monday, the department blocked Texas from enforcing a similar measure requiring voters to show photo IDs at the polls, which federal officials said would disproportionately affect Hispanic voters.
Now Mr. McDonnell, his reputation for sensible governance already tarnished by the recent debate over pre-abortion ultrasounds, has a decision to make. Along purely partisan lines, his fellow Virginia Republicans have rammed through a voter ID law only slightly less obnoxious than the ones embraced by Texas and South Carolina. Mr. McDonnell, who has so far remained noncommittal on the measure, should veto it.