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Make Sure Your Vote Counts On Election Day

If you are planning to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election, make sure your vote counts when you go to the polls.

See Also: Online Voters Guide 

The General Assembly passed a new Voter ID law during its last session, requiring that voters show acceptable identification when voting in Virginia.

This law requires voters to show identification from the following list of acceptable options:

  • Commonwealth of Virginia voter registration card (mailed to all registered voters on Oct. 3)
  • Social Security card
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license
  • Any other identification card issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
  • Any valid student identification card issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Any valid employee identification card issued containing a photograph of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business
  • A copy of a current utility bill
  • A copy of a current bank statement
  • A copy of a current government check
  • A paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter
  • A concealed handgun permit

Any voter who does not show one of these forms of identification at the polls will be asked to vote a provisional ballot. The voter must supply a copy of one of these acceptable forms to the local electoral board by noon the Friday after the election before his or her vote can be counted.

You can view your voter registration information, find your polling place and see a ballot for the upcoming election at the State Board of Elections website.

For more information, please contact the State Board of Elections at 804-864-8901 or 800-552-9745.

If you feel the new requirements will affect your ability to vote, or if you must cast a provisional ballot on election day due to lack of appropriate ID, please contact AARP Virginia at

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