Registrar Talks about Voter ID Requirement

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG -- Gov. Bob McDonnell has just signed the voter identification bill. That means, starting next year, you'll have to have a photo ID when you head to the polls to vote in Virginia. Rockingham County Registrar Doug Geib said this is in an effort to prevent voter fraud.

He said he doesn't think it will make a difference in rural areas like the Valley where everyone knows each other. He said in bigger cities, however, this could help.

Geib said you would be able to use any photo ID like your driver's license to vote. For people who don't have an ID, Geib said you would be able to get a free voter ID with your local registrar.

"It's going to be more work, it's going to be more resources that we'll need to do that and provide, and it is contingent on money being approved for this," said Geib.

Geib said the funding for these photo IDs still needs to be approved. He said this won't affect this year's election for governor.

The changes would start in 2014.


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