New voter ID requirements now in place in Virginia

New voter ID requirements now in place in Virginia

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - For the first time, voters in Virginia will be required to show a photo ID before they can cast their ballot on Tuesday.

However, many on the streets of Richmond said they were unaware of the policy change just hours before election day.

"I think its a hindrance for some people," voter Kevin Schultz said. "Some people probably don't have IDs and I think its probably because of birth certificates. Some people are so old they can't track their birth certificates down to get an ID." 

Others, like Jakob Helmboldt, felt the change wasn't going to drastically affect voters.

"Every time I've gone to the poll for the last several years I've been asked for ID even before they passed the law. So, it seems like it was already kind of being done just to make sure that you were who you said you were," Helmboldt said.

Voters should make sure that you have a DMV-issued ID or drivers license, your passport, or ID from a college or university in the state of Virginia. If they don't have any of those, then they will need to head on down to a voter registration office and pick up a voter ID card.

However, even if voters don't have any acceptable Photo ID, state elections commissioner Edgardo Cortes says there is no need to worry. Your vote will still be counted, but first you have to fill out a provisional ballot at your polling place.

"It won't be counted right away until the next day, It will give you an opportunity to give you a copy of an ID into the registrars office and you have until Friday at noon to submit that copy of an ID," Edgardo Cortes said.

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