State Board of Elections changes the rules on what is a "valid" Photo ID. IDs that have expired more than 12 months ago will not be accepted.
You should keep your voter registration card, which lists your polling place, but this card, which lacks a photo, is not an acceptable voter ID.
Montgomery County: 755 Roanoke St, Christiansburg, 24073, (540) 382-5741
Floyd County: 100 East Main St, Room 302 Floyd, Virginia 24091, (540) 745-9350, http://www.floydcova.org/departments/voter_registrar.shtml
Giles County: 201 N Main St # 1, Pearisburg, VA 24134, phone 921-2802. http://gilescounty.org/voter.html
Pulaski County: 52 W Main St # 300, Pulaski, VA, (540) 980-7700
Roanoke County: 5204 Bernard Dr, Roanoke, VA 24018, (540) 772-7500
"The Board's decision today makes it that much more difficult for voters to participate in our democracy," said Tram Nguyen, co-director of Virginia New Majority. "Our elections should be free, fair, and accessible. Needlessly restricting the forms of voting ID only makes it more difficult. Approximately 300,000 Virginia voters lack a DMV-issued ID. I am particularly concerned about the four upcoming special elections on August 19th, one of which will be subject to these new requirements. This last minute decision, just 13 days before the special election will only create more voter confusion for Virginians who may need to obtain a new ID in order to exercise their constitutionally-protected rights."
Anne Sterling, President the League of Women Voters of Virginia, also criticized the decision. "Since many forms of acceptable ID under the new photo ID law don't have an expiration date, it makes no sense to rule out some of the most common forms of ID simply because they're expired," said Sterling. "Changing the rules again this close to the election means voters and election officials will face new confusion over who can vote."
"Today's decision is extremely troubling. The Board has ignored the warning issued this week by the Attorney General's office and the hundreds of concerns voiced by the public," said Courtney Mills, Staff Attorney with the Fair Elections Legal Network. "Virginia voters deserve to be held to the same uniform standards to ensure equal access to voting. Unfortunately, this decision ensures that they will not."
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This press release was issued by ProgressVA, Virginia New Majority, Project Vote, Fair Elections Legal Network, and the League of Women Voters of Virginia