IMPORTANT VOTING ID LAW IN VIRGINIA

Good morning, I had to write in all caps to make my presentation clear & concise. The General Assembly passed a law stating that in order to vote in the state of Virginia, you are required to have a photo ID. It does NOT have to be a driver’s license, so for those who say “I don’t drive”, STOP USING EXCUSES. Anyone who knows me knows that I was very strong in my approach with this 2 years ago. Well, last year, I was unable to be as hands on with politics & voting as I wanted to, but this is important to share. It’s a midterm election. Voting for offices here in the city or even in the states have impacts on the president. Don’t just think that voting 4 times a year is the only time to vote.

Acceptable IDs to vote in Virginia include — but are not limited to —
  1. Valid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card.
  2. Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card.
  3. Valid United States Passport.
  4. Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the CommonwealthValid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia.)
  5. Employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business.
  6. A Virginia Voter Photo ID Card obtained through any local general registrar’s office.

This information can be provided in detail at this website: http://sbe.virginia.gov/index.php/casting-a-ballot/in-person-voting/

Also go here: http://sbe.virginia.gov/Files/Cast%20Your%20Ballot/VotingInPerson/VoterIdentificationChart.pdf

I think that we have to educate ourselves & those around us about this election. If you aren’t sure about your state, simply type in Voting ID Laws & your state. You’ll find out how filtered or based they wanna make things. Most people know they’re doing this to make voting as difficult & complicated as possible. Two years, they accepted multiple forms of ID, as long as you had a form of ID to confirm that you were at the proper address. Also, to add to this, if you arrive to the polls with no proper form of identification, they will make your ballot be counted as a provisional ballot, meaning that your vote may not even count. It will count in the event that there’s a tie, & for those who know, a red state flipping blue in some things just isn’t unlikely.

Also, I want to mention that it’s very important to be sure to know where you are voting. If you need to look that information up, the link for that is: https://www.vote.virginia.gov/search THIS link will tell you where you’re supposed to vote as well as if your voting information is squared away. The site even shows you the sample ballot (another blog coming soon). You can even see the previous times you’ve voted. I think we as people need to know that our vote matters. And for the record, this isn’t a black or white or democratic or republican based form of voting. It’s about getting your vote to count where it does most. If you don’t offer any input, then you can’t be upset with the output.

As always, this is BT writing & venting. Until next time, keep your eyes & mind open to voting knowing that your vote matters more than you realize. Take care.

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