The state board of elections has mailed some 4.6 million registration cards to Virginia voters over the past two weeks. In a news release issued today, the state board advises what to do if you did not receive a registration card, which can be used as proof of identification when you go to the polls on Election Day:
The State Board of Election (SBE) announced today the delivery of approximately 4.6 million registration cards mailed to registered voters over the past two weeks. SBE encourages voters who did not receive a voter registration card to review their registration record at www.SBE.Virginia.gov to ensure their information is up to date and note any changes to their polling place or precinct due to redistricting. Voters may also contact SBE at 1-800-552-9745 or their local general registrar to verify their registration information and speak to an official that will provide information on how voters can update their registration information, if necessary. A voter whose registration address is not current would likely have not received a voter registration card in the mail.
Voters who need to update their registration information have several options. A registration application is available at the State Board of Elections’ website for printing and mailing. Voters may also visit their local general registrar’s office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and other state designated voter registration agencies and apply to register to vote or update their registration information. Upon an approved registration application or change of registration address or name request, the voter’s local general registrar will mail the voter a new registration card. Virginians have until October 15, 2012 to update their registration information, if necessary, or if unregistered, apply to register to vote.
SBE wants to remind voters that several forms of ID are acceptable for use at the polls in addition to the voter registration card. Voters are also only required to provide one acceptable form of identification. Additional acceptable forms of ID include: Valid Virginia driver’s license; Military ID; any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID; an employer issued photo ID card; a concealed handgun permit; a valid student ID issued by an institution of higher education in Virginia; a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck displaying the name and address of the voter; and a Social Security card. Voters should visit www.SBE.Virginia.gov to review the voter ID requirements, including special ID requirements for some first time voters in a federal election who registered by mail.