- By Melanie Oelrich
- Published: October 30th, 2012
Review Virginia’s voter rules to assure a successful visit to the polls Nov. 6
With Election Day quickly approaching, it is important for voters to be fully prepared when they arrive at the polls. In order to cast your vote Nov. 6, students and community members should be aware of the voter criteria put in place by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
According to the Virginia Registrar website, changes were recently made to voter identification laws. State law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of identification when they arrive at the polls.
Acceptable forms of identification include the following: a Virginia voter registration card, a valid Virginia driver’s license, military ID, any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID, employer-issued photo ID, concealed handgun permit, valid student ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that indicates the name and address of the voter, or a Social Security card.
In terms of where to vote on Election Day, voters have two options. They can vote in person or, if eligible, by absentee. Students who will be absent from where they are registered to vote because they attend school in another locality are eligible to vote absentee. However, a student registered to vote in the locality where they attend school cannot vote by absentee unless they are injured or hospitalized.
On Election Day, polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. To see voting precincts in Lynchburg, review the voting precinct graphic above.