Va. Voter ID Law Taking Effect in July

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Ahead of what's expected to be an important election season later this year, election officers in the state have approved the final stages of the voter ID plans.

Some acceptable forms of identification in Virginia will include driver's licenses, passports or student IDs.

Identification will be required starting July 1; however, if you can prove that you don't have any acceptable form of ID, you can receive a state-issued voter ID card with your photo on it.

Lisa Wooten, the registrar in Waynesboro, said each registrar's office across the state will eventually be equipped with photo-making equipment similar to what you would see at the DMV.

This is another change she said for voters, but because of all the changes over the last year, she doesn't expect this next step to be a problem.

"People are already geared up to show you ID when they come to vote and more than likely it will be some form of a photo ID. I've had when they come in here to register or do an absentee ballot they're pulling out 4 or 5 IDs and I'm like 'just one!'" said Wooten.

If you don't have a photo ID come election day, you can still place a provisional ballot.

You would then have until noon that Friday to get a free voter ID card in order for your vote to count.


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