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New law requires photo ID to vote

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Voters who plan to take part in this November’s General Election will need to have a photo identification to cast a ballot.

A new law that took effect Tuesday requires all voters to present an “acceptable photo identification” in order to vote in person this November, according to Virginia Department of Elections.

County citizens who do not have an acceptable form of identification should contact Pulaski County Registrar’s Office to receive a free Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card. The registrar’s office is in Maple Shade Plaza between South Washington and South Jefferson avenues in Pulaski.

Other acceptable forms of identification include:

•Valid Virginia driver’s license

•DMV-issued photo ID card

•Valid employee photo ID card

•Valid United State passport

•Government-issued photo ID card

•Valid college or university student photo ID card

Those who arrive at the polls to vote and are unable to present a photo ID will have to vote a provisional ballot. That means the ballot would be counted only after verification of the identity of the person casting it.

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