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New voter registration cards sent out to Virginians


The State Board of Elections says it has sent out new voter registration cards to millions Virginians, but many voters complain they still haven't received theirs in the mail.

84-year-old Luise Evans has voted in every presidential election since the age of 25. For weeks she's waited for her new voter ID card. On Friday, it finally came in the mail.

"I try to vote for people who'll make it better," said Evans.

The State Board of Elections said 4.6 million new registration cards have been mailed out to registered voters in the past two weeks. If you haven't received yours there are two likely reasons.

"Either the address hasn't been updated, your name not updated or there is a possibility that they're not registered. They believe they're registered but they are not," said Donald Palmer, Secretary for the Virginia Board of Elections.

Voters who didn't receive a registration card are encouraged to review their registration record.

Go to the state board of elections web site,  and make sure your information is current. If you're unregistered, apply to register to vote.

"We want to make the voting process as easy as possible and effortless. If you haven't updated your registration you may have to go to a different polling place - you may be confused because of redistricting changes," said Palmer.

Although you can use your old voter ID card to vote you're encouraged to use the new registration card. You can also use a photo or non-photo ID to vote.

"Such as a bill. A current bill or a current government check," said Palmer.

The deadline to register is October 15.

For more information, contact your local registrar's office or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745.

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