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Make sure you are prepared before you vote

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Election Day 2012 has finally arrived. After months of listening to politicians, American voters will now let their voices be heard.

To ensure that your vote counts, get to your assigned polling place before 7 p.m. and don't forget proper identification.

Poll workers have been prepping in the Richmond area for months, and are ready for voters to cast their ballots. Election technician Jeff Maclin oversees delivery of cages filled with voting equipment across the River City.

"We just finished delivering 60 cages in four days," said Maclin.

Maclin pointed out how each voting machine is faceted with a lock, which won't be opened until Election Day morning. The security seal is to prevent tampering.

Before you get in line, make sure you have some form of acceptable identification. Licenses or employee ID's are fine. However, you don't need a photo ID - Social Security cards, utility bills and a list of other forms will also be accepted.

Voters also need to make sure they're at their designated polling place. Election officials advise double checking your registration card, or the Virginia Board of Election's website, because your polling spot may have changed from 2008, because of redistricting.

"If you go to the wrong voting place, you'll be redirected by officers of the election," said Donald Palmer, secretary of the Virginia Board of Elections.

That would mean getting in line again, somewhere else. If you don't have time to make it to another poll, or have the right identification, then you'll have to cast a provisional ballot. Those won't be counted until Friday, most likely after a candidate is already chosen.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

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