June 30, 2014
Starting Tuesday, Virginia law will require voters without an acceptable form of identification with a picture to sign up for a state-issued voter ID.
Before the law, voters were allowed to use forms of identification that did not have a photo on them.
As of July 1st, the only acceptable forms of ID will include a Virginia driver's license or any other government-issued photo ID card, a college ID, a U.S. passport, an employee ID card or the new voter ID card.
Albemarle County Department of Voter Registration has been preparing for the big day and says the process to sign up for the new voter ID is fairly easy.
"As long as you are on our rolls as registered to vote, we find your registration record and you fill out a little form that says ‘I don't have an otherwise acceptable photo ID, could you please make me one’," said Jake Washburn with Albemarle Co. Dept. of Voter Registration.
Those signing up for the new voter ID card will have to take a picture and will have to sign an electronic signature pad.
The voter ID cards do not have an expiration date and should be good for several years.