Do I have to show identification to vote?
All Virginia voters are required to show identification (ID) when they go to the polls or vote an absentee ballot in person. You can no longer sign an affirmation of identity in lieu of showing ID. You will, however, be able to vote a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are not counted on Election Day. You will have until Friday at Noon following the election to bring a copy of your ID to the Electoral Board at the Voter Registration Office.

The Electoral Board determines the validity of provisional ballots cast, and they will then tabulate any provisional ballots accepted. Sounds confusing? It is, a bit. The best thing for voters to remember is to bring an acceptable form of ID to the polls.

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1. What information do I need to register?
2. Do I have to register with my political party preference?
3. Do I have to register for each election?
4. What should I do if I move or change my name after I register?
5. Can I transfer my registration from another state to Virginia?
6. Where will I vote?
7. Can I change my polling place? I have to vote several blocks away, but other people vote at a location closer to my house.
8. When do the polls open and close?
9. Do I have to show identification to vote?
10. Do I have to show identification to register to vote?
11. When are general elections?
12. What is a party primary?
13. Can anyone vote in primary elections?
14. What is a special election?
15. What do I do if I'm not able to go to the polls on Election Day?
16. Who may vote by absentee ballot?
17. When can I apply for an absentee ballot?
18. How do I get a ballot mailed to me?
19. When will I receive my ballot?
20. How do I mark and return the ballot?
21. I've heard about in-person absentee voting. How does that work?
22. What if I am hospitalized or called out of town before the election but after the absentee ballot deadline?
23. What if I am living overseas?