New Report: 200,000 Voters May Lack Proper Identification

RICHMOND, Va. (AP | WRIC) – The Virginia Department of Elections says about 200,000 voters in Virginia may lack the proper identification needed to cast a ballot in the November midterm elections.

A state law that took effect this year requires Virginia voters to show some form of photo identification at their polling stations before they cast a vote.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1utslQc ) that driver’s licenses are the most common form of ID in the state. And according to data from the state, 198,902 voters in Virginia are without those.

Voters who lack such proof would be allowed to fill out provisional ballots, but election officials hope more people will obtain state ID cards or some other valid form of ID so that their votes could be more easily counted.

The good news: You can get a free ID from your registrar’s office. In fact, Richmond is heading out to city neighborhoods to bring picture IDs to neighborhoods where they may not be as accessible. Here is a list of those times and locations:

Saturday

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Southside Social Service Center

4100 Hull Street

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Eastern District Center

701 N. 25th St.

Sept. 29

Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Walmart

2501 Sheila Lane

4 – 6 p.m.

Elkhardt Middle School

6300 Hull Street Road

Sept. 30

4 – 6 p.m.

Bellemeade Community Center

1800 Lynhaven Ave.

Oct. 1

4 – 6 p.m.

John Marshall High School

4225 Old Brook Road

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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