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New voter ID law now in effect

As of July 1, Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification (ID) at the polls in order to vote.

Virginia’s new photo ID requirements also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person in elections ahead of Election Day.
The requirement is a result of a new law that was enacted by the state’s General Assembly over a year ago and signed into law by former Governor Bob McDonnell.

Thinking ahead to the Nov. 4 election, there is one statewide office for U.S. Senate up for election and a U.S. Congressional seat on the ballot. Both races are important at the national level and the local level.

And thinking ahead is a good thing to do, if you want to ensure that your ballot is counted without the necessity of casting a provisional ballot and providing follow-up steps to make your vote count. (See below for more information about provisional ballot rules.)

ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID
- Acceptable photo identification for in-person voting includes the following forms.
- Valid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card.
- Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card.
- Valid United States Passport.
- Valid Employee photo identification card issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business.

Other government-issued photo identification cards issued by the U.S. Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth.

Valid college or university student photo identification card from an institution of higher education located in Virginia.
Virginia Voter Photo ID Card obtained through local general registrar’s office.

FREE VIRGINIA VOTER PHOTO ID
Any registered voter who does not possess one of the above mentioned forms of photo ID may apply for a free Virginia Voter Photo Identification from any general registrar’s office in the Commonwealth.

This new kind of photo ID is only for those voters who do NOT have one of the acceptable forms of photo ID listed above.
Voters in this category are urged to apply for the new photo ID as soon as possible to avoid delays. They must complete the application and have their picture taken at the registrar’s office.

This takes time to process.

Once the application is processed, the card will be mailed directly to the voter. The Virginia Voter Photo ID Card is acceptable only for elections and not for other identification uses.

King George Registrar Lorrie Gump also says that people making application to register to vote are also eligible to apply for a free Virginia Voter Photo Identification if they do not possess any of the forms of acceptable photo ID listed above.

PROVISIONAL BALLOT
Voters arriving at the polls this November without photo ID will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot
Following completion of a provisional ballot, the individual will be provided written instructions by the election officials on how to submit a copy of his/her identification so that his/her vote can be counted.

A voter will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the identification to the local electoral board. Voters may submit a copy of their ID via fax, email, in-person submission, or through USPS or commercial delivery service.

The copy of the ID must be delivered to the electoral board by noon on Friday, or the provisional ballot cannot be counted. A Friday postmark will NOT be sufficient if the copy of the ID is not delivered to the electoral board by noon on Friday.

Also by noon on Friday following the election, the voter may appear in-person in the office of the general registrar, in the locality in which the provisional ballot was cast, and apply for a Virginia Voter Photo ID Card.

At the completion of the application process, the voter may request a Temporary Identification Document. This document may be provided to the electoral board to satisfy the identification requirement.

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