Note: The following comes from the State Board of Elections website
|Voter ID Requirements in Virginia
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ATTENTION Registered Voters….Virginia voters are reminded that federal and state law require all voters to provide some identification (ID) at the polls, or sign a statement, in order to vote at the polls. ID requirements may also apply to absentee voters who vote in person. You can check the status of your voter registration and determine which ID requirement applies to you through our website, http://www.sbe.virginia.gov at the tabs for Voter Information, Voter Registration Status. If you need assistance, please call us toll free at 1 (800) 552-9745 or Richmond local (804) 864-8901.
Special Federal ID Requirements for Certain First Time Voters
This federal ID requirement applies the first time a person votes in any federal election, either on the day of the election or by absentee ballot. If the voter does not present one of these forms of ID at the polls, that person can still vote, but must cast a provisional ballot that includes a voter information statement under felony penalty. This is a paper ballot that the local electoral board may count the day after the election, if it can verify the person was qualified to vote in that precinct. Such persons have the right to appear before the Electoral Board and can request an extension up to one day to present evidence.
When the person votes in other elections after his or her first federal election, regular Virginia ID requirements will apply, as to all other voters.
Regular Virginia ID Requirements for All Other Voters
Acceptable forms of identification include the following:
Any voter who forgets to bring acceptable ID to the polls may still vote but, will be requested to sign, under oath, an Affirmation of Identity form affirming that he/she is the voter he/she claims to be. A voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of physical disability or an inability to read or write may, if he so requests, also be assisted in completing this statement.