What Virginia voters need to know before casting a ballot

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The 2020 Election is less than two weeks away, and while more than 1.4 million Virginia voters have already cast their ballots, others are waiting until Nov. 3. Before you submit your vote, there is some important information you should know.

If you plan on voting early by mail, you have until Friday, Oct. 23, to request a ballot. Officials say ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by noon three days after the election to be counted.

Voters who are planning to cast their ballot early at the polls you have until Oct. 31. According to the Virginia Department of Elections, voters must show one form of identification to cast their ballot. The following are all acceptable forms of ID:

  • Voter confirmation documents
  • Virginia driver’s license (even if it’s expired)
  • Virginia DMV-issued ID
  • United States passport
  • Employer-issued ID
  • Student ID issued by any community college or university located in the United States
  • Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued ID (including veteran’s ID)
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID
  • Virginia voter photo ID card
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document containing the name and address of the voter

While some states prohibit voters from wearing political insignia like buttons, hats, or clothing promoting the candidates running for office, Virginia allows it.

However, the law says candidates, representatives of candidates or any other person who approaches or enters the polling place for any purpose other than voting is not allowed to do so, and the officers of the election post can ask them to leave.

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