New Virginia Voting Laws Begin in 2014

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A number of new laws take effect as of January 1 in Virginia that you need to know about.

While some of the laws only effect small businesses, one will decide who can vote and who can't.

The state's new voter photo ID law goes into effect in a few months. Starting in July, you will have to have a photo ID when you head to the polls to vote.

While the new law has been controversial, some Virginians say it's a necessary step in preventing voter fraud.

Tom Luzynski from Roanoke said, "Basically, I think people need to be able to prove that they're actually a legal registered voter, so I have no problem with showing my ID when I vote. You have to show it for everything else."

Voters who need the new ID card can get one through their local registrar, and if you still need to register to vote, you can now do that on the Internet thanks to another new law in effect. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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