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Polls accept new forms of identification

The Oct. 15 deadline for voter registration is quickly approaching. With many changes to voter ID requirements around the country this year, many people have questions as to what identification they may need when they go to the polls on Election Day.

Previously in Virginia, voters without ID could visit a polling location, sign a statement swearing to their identity, and then cast a vote. In May, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law bills designed to combat voter fraud, while also increasing the types of documents accepted as ID.

Newly allowed forms of identification include:

  • Bank statements,
  • Government checks,
  • Utility bills with current name and address, and
  • Valid student IDs from Virginia colleges or universities.

The existing list of acceptable voter ID includes state driver’s licenses, social security cards (If you are a first-time voter this may not be acceptable), valid employee ID containing photo, and voter registration cards.

The deadline to register to vote or make changes to voter registration is Tuesday, Oct. 15. Voters can check their registration by visiting the State Board of Election’s website, www.sbe.virginia.gov, or by calling the Pulaski County Registrar’s Office at 980-2111. The Registrar’s Office is at 52 W. Main St., Suite 300, Pulaski, and is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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