New photo ID requirements, Tomblin believes, could make it more difficult for men and women serving in the military to cast their votes.
"I want to make sure their votes are counted," he said.
Perdue said, "Requiring photo IDs also creates financial burdens for states. We will not back up. Every person has the right to vote. ... Say no to voter suppression."
West Virginians are already finding it more difficult to update or renew their drivers' licenses at Division of Motor Vehicles offices.
Sword said on Wednesday, "You need five documents: three documents proving where you live, your Social Security card or [Internal Revenue Service] W-2 form and a birth certificate."
Sword believes the "other side" in this debate "will target some of the battleground states" in requiring government-approved photo ID cards.
"In West Virginia, the proposed [election] bill would require photo IDs. This will hit older people the hardest. West Virginia has the second-oldest population in the country.
"And how about homeless veterans? They could not even cast a ballot."
Sword predicts that if photo ID legislation were enacted, "103,000 people would be ineligible to cast a ballot ... unless they update or renew their IDs."
Many older people without drivers' licenses, Sword added, " have no other worldly use for photo IDs at this stage in their lives."
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.